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FROM THE EDITOR

Golf Coast Magazine

Contents

Cover Story

University Park Country Club, the area’s premier semi-private club,is worth a trip from anywhere in the Tampa bay area.

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Where to contact us, plus a letter from our publishers.

ON THE WEB 12 PURE PLEASURE

A new name, and even better conditions! Come to Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club to see the great changes for yourself.

36 TOP TEN GOLF TIPS

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Everyone wants to play better golf. Our area experts offer advice.

University Park Country Club is an award-winning 45 TARPON WOODS GOLF 27 hole Ron Garl CLUB design

Take a drive to this scenic Lane Marshall designed course that borders Brooker Creek Preserve and offers lots of chances to see Florida wildlife.

Visit GolfCoastMagazine.com to keep up with local news and events.

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REGIONS MANATEE, SARASOTA & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES 38 & 43 MAPS 39 SHOPPING, DINING, INSTRUCTION 40 COURSE DIRECTORY

PINELLAS, HILLSBOROUGH, PASCO & HERNANDO COUNTIES 76 & 77 MAPS 78 COURSE DIRECTORY 80 SHOPPING, DINING, INSTRUCTION

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GOLF THE MOC!

Tee off on this newly renovated championship course featuring TifEagle greens, Celebration Bermuda fairways and greens. Experience why The Moc is becoming “one of the best public facilities in the Tampa Bay area.�

sports bar I full clubhouse I available for weddings banquets and events semi-private memberships available I driving range I lessons available

Open to The Public Call for Tee Times (941) 723-0500 or visit GolfTheMoc.com to book online Located just seconds off of I-75 and I-275 in Palmetto at exit 229 Just 30 minutes from St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota


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WELCOME LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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Connecting Golfers on the West Coast of Florida. Jean M. Couser, Publisher Greater Sarasota Area Mobile: 941-915-9160 jean@golfcoastmagazine.com Bruz Fellenz, Publisher - Tampa Bay Area Mobile: 727-409-0797 bruz@golfcoastmagazine.com Ryan Ruppert, Partner Office: 941.361.1536 ryan@golfcoastmagazine.com Rose Ruppert, Partner rose@golfcoastmagazine.com Tami Vaughan, Production Manager Mark Cardon, Golf News - fcardon@aol.com Golf Coast Magazine is published by Golf Coast Magazine, Inc.; 3X’s a year and distributed along the West Coast of Florida. Circulation 360,000/year. Distributed from Brooksville to Marco Island. © 2017 Every effort has to made to ensure the accuracy of information in this guide. Golf Coast Magazine and it’s affiliates are not responsible or liable for any errors, omissions, or changes in rates or information.

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from the north are back in town, and the calendar is packed with events – it’s great to be back in season! Thank you for deciding to use Golf Coast Magazine as your local guide to everything golf here on the ‘Golf Coast’. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming months, but we wanted to reflect on Hurricane Irma in this note. Naples and Fort Myers took a direct hit when the storm made landfall, and there was damage up the entire Gulf Coast. The golf community bounced back fast because the teams at all our favorite local courses worked tirelessly to complete the mammoth clean up and repair job. So, if you’re enjoying a round on one of the beautifully maintained courses here in Florida, make sure you thank the Superintendent, and all the staff that worked hard to make it possible. You’re holding a great issue of Golf Coast Magazine – filled with local golf features, events, tips, and news. If you’d like to stay up to date as the news happens, make sure you visit us at GolfCoastMagazine.com and be sure to join our e-newsletter for bi-weekly updates on everything that is happening in the local golf community. We hope that you love this issue, and have a great time on the course. It’s good to be back in the swing of things! Fairways and greens,

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REVIEW

University Park Country Club

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University Park Country Club,

the area’s premier semi-private country club continues to be the “must play” golf destination on Florida’s Cultural Coast. The breathtaking championship golf course is designed to reward the golfer whatever their skill level and provide an exhilarating golf experience against a stunning backdrop of native Florida. The impeccable conditions and beauty of the course as well as the club’s renowned friendly service offer the daily-fee player a private club experience that is surprisingly affordable. As University Park Country Club continues to improve, it’s no surprise that the course consistently earns awards and recognition from independent reader’s surveys and discerning golfers. For the 20th year in a row the beautiful and challenging 27 holes at University Park have earned Golf Digest’s 4-Star Rating with writers enthusiastically calling it a “must play” course. The Ron Garl-designed course has won accolades and distinction from Golf for Women, Golfweek and Florida Sportsfan placing University Park in “Florida’s Top Fifty.” Locally University Park County Club has been voted “Best Place to Play Golf” by Sarasota Magazine readers every year since 1993, and Golf Advisor has ranked it #10 in its top 25 courses in Florida. The founding Partnership of Pat Neal and Rolf Pasold combined exceptional local expertise with an international vision. Respect for nature and a commitment to


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University Park combines the best of sophisticated country club living with the finest assortment of custom built homes for an enviable lifestyle. excellence is unparalleled at University Park. Careful planning and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Neal/Pasold management which has blended a beautiful piece of property with exceptional golf and unsurpassed lifestyle. The list of awards for this community grows every year both regionally and nationally. Among the most prestigious and revered are “Best Community Design in America” awarded by The National Association of Home Builders and Professional Builder magazine, and “Best Development in Region” by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Future of the Region Award. Continual attention to detail ensures the high standards and player enjoyment of the course and keeps it in top playing condition. Add to this the hard work by all the employees to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and you can appreciate why the club has a reputation for first-class service.

University Park County Club is committed to an ongoing program of enhancing and upgrading its golf facilities. Each year the club introduces new programs and practices to meet the changing needs of its golfing members and visitors. The development of The Golf Academy at University Park brings golf instruction to every level of golfer, young or old. Offering a variety of clinics, golf schools, playing lessons and private instruction The Golf Academy has a full schedule of events to appeal to the novice or the most experienced player. Naturally the golf experience is complemented by great food and beverage service, a good reason why so many of the area’s most prominent charitable and corporate golf tournaments, weddings, specail events and banquets are hosted at the club. The award-winning professional staff and culinary team will make your event exceptional. Visit University Park Country Club located just 1.8 miles west of I-75 on University Parkway (Exit 213). For Tee Times call (941) 359-9999. For Club Membership call Ann Backus at (941) 355-3888 x234. Visit our website: www.universitypark-fl.com to be included in special e-news and rate promotions.

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SARA BAY COUNTRY CLUB IC OR T HIS B ’S CLU A OT RY AS UNT R SA CO

Trial Memberships Available • 60 or 90 Days Founded in 1926, Sara Bay Country Club is a private golf club located just north of downtown Sarasota. Designed by legendary architect Donald Ross, it is recognized as one of the most venerable clubs in Florida, and where the traditions of the game have been preserved. Experience a restored golf course according to original Ross specifications completed by October 1, 2018.

SARA BAY COUNTRY CLUB (941) 355-7658 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, 34243 www.sarabaycc.org membership.sbcc@verizon.net

• 5 sets of tees from 4748 - 7021 Yards • Walking / Golfboards • General Manager, Paul Barone • Head Professional, Daren King • Director of Membership, Dennis J. Budny • Superintendent, Bob Gwodz


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Retired PGA Section CEO forms Cloud Ten! Purchases Golf Courses

Rich Smith, PGA, recently retired CEO from the North Florida Section of the PGA of America, has acquired his first course under his management company, Cloud Ten! Marketing Group, LLC. Ironically, Bobcat Trail Golf Club in North Port, Florida, the club he was working at when he was recruited to lead the fourth largest section of the PGA of America, is his first purchase. Shortly after closing the Bobcat Trail deal, Smith invested over $2 million in restoring the golf course and clubhouse, in addition to renaming it Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club. Smith said: “The golf course layout at Bobcat is phenomenal, probably one of the best on the Suncoast but needed some TLC (tender loving care) in addition to some cultural changes.” “With the things we are doing, which would not be considered industry normal, we are investing in the game, and it is already paying dividends. Our core tenet is to provide a fun, and exceptional place to play, with service superior to the rest of the market, which has been scaling back at many facilities over the last decade.” Smith seems to have the magic touch. Members and customers at the semiprivate facility are absolutely enamored with what Smith has accomplished. Currently, Smith and his company Cloud Ten! are not only looking at other facilities to purchase, but the word of this renaissance has been sweeping the Suncoast. In fact, other golf facilities have contacted Smith for guidance, suggestions, as well as management and/or purchase agreements. “We are excited about focusing on the game and the people who play it,” Smith said. “That is where it all starts, but it is not just facilities, ownership, or management. We are in the process of something

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Rich Smith, PGA, is a retired Section PGA CEO and the current Chairman of Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club. He has the vision to create a world-class golf facility in Sarasota County.

LOCATION very exciting and very big on a global scale that will make golf more fun for everybody.” With over 32 years’ experience in the golf industry, Smith has his sights set rather high, not only in golf, but in entertainment. Cloud Ten! has projects developing in professional basketball, running events and general entertainment. “One step at a time, right now we are 100 percent focused on Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club,” he continued. “All of our other plans have separate project managers, who will drive those other areas of our business under my guidance.” Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club is nestled conveniently halfway between I-75 and U.S. 41 off exit 179 in North Port, Florida. It is positioned to be a leader in excellence in the Charlotte Harbor and gulf islands region of Florida. The club features a championship course designed by 1986 PGA Champion Bob Tway, the Sorenstam Academy and Cahoots Bar and Grill, led by executive chef and director of culinary operations Thomas Thompson, CEC. He is a former show runner at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort. Improved Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club is one of the state’s most iconic layouts that beginners and experts will enjoy. For more on Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club, please visit www.golfthenational.com

1350 Bobcat Trail North Port, FL 34288 4.3 miles west of I-75, exit 179.

www.GolfTheNational.com STATISTICS

Yardage/Rating/Slope Par-72 Frantz 6806 73.9 130 Gator 6095 70.2 130 Bobcat 5495 67.4 119 M Bobcat 5495 73.2 131L Fox 4806 69.7 118 COURSE FACTS

Will Frantz, PGA PGA Professional Emeritus in Perpetuity Rich Smith, PGA Chairman David Hronek, PGA Director of Golf Ellen Smith, CMAA General Manager Charlotta Sorenstam, LPGA Director of Instruction Jamie Detert, GCSAA Director of Agronomy & Head Superintendent Thomas Thompson, CEC Executive Chef & Director of Culinary Operations

Visit Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club at Bobcat Trail, located just 4.3 miles west of I-75 on Toledo Blade (Exit 179) in North Port. For Tee Times call 941-429-0500. Visit our website: www.GolfTheNational.com to be included in special e-news and rate promotions.


Enjoy Great Rates & Good Conditions

Book online at imgacademygolfclub.com for our best rates or call the Golf Shop 941-758-1464. Seasonal, Social & Golf Memberships Available More Information:

941-739-7439

Join us in the Grille for lunch or dinner! Visit our website for Weekly Specials. Reservations: 941-758-1467

4350 El Conquistador Pkwy. Bradenton, FL 34210 www.imgacademygolfclub.com


THE POPE GOLF ADVANTAGE‌. COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE! The combination of extensive golf knowledge, innovative course management, and a sincere passion for the traditions of the game elevate Pope Golf to a role as one of the top golf management companies in Florida and the Southeast. The Sarasota based organization now has over a dozen properties under contract, most of which are in the Sarasota/Manatee area, with thousands of rounds of golf played last year, and just as many satissed customers!

The personalized attention of a team with OWNERS, KEITH & INGRID POPE WITH PRESIDENT, JERRY MOORE over 100 years of golf course management experience is what sets Pope Golf apart in the golf course management eld. The company has extensive experience helping under-performing clubs reach their full potential. Whether your gollng adventures lead you North or South of Sarasota, and are seeking an exceptional Public Golf or a Private Club experience, Pope Golf oers you several outstanding options with the best value for your gollng dollar. From Private Club Memberships, to Tournaments & Special Events, to just a round of golf, Pope Golf is the place to call!

Dedicated to Excellence

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For more information on the Pope Golf family of Clubs, please see next 2 pages.

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PRIVATE COUNTRY CLUBS VISITING GOLFERS ARE WELCOME WHILE WE FILL OUR MEMBERSHIP ROSTERS Bent Tree Country Club 941-371-8200

Tree-lined fairways of towering oaks, and acres of lakes and streams create a unique and tranquil setting for first-class championship golf. Come play our new TifEagle greens for a true roll. Plus, one of the most flexible and creative membership plans around! For membership information, tournaments and parties call 941-371-5854.

www.benttreecc.net

Misty Creek Country Club 941-921-5258

Misty Creek is a Private Club in a 350 acre wildlife preserve. Just minutes from the beaches and downtown, Misty Creek is a special place! Visiting golfers are welcome while we fill our membership roster. The course plays 6900 yards from the “tips”, yet multiple tees make it friendly for all. Adding new TifEagle Greens this summer. Located 3.5 miles east of I-75, on the Bee Ridge Road Extension.

www.mistycreek.net

Mission Valley Golf & Country Club 941-488-7747

Mission Valley is a Private Member-Owned Club centrally located between Venice and Sarasota. The manicured, tree-lined championship course was designed with six sets of tees for all abilities, and is very scenic and walker-friendly. A classic clubhouse with casual and fine dining is available for private parties. Located off Laurel Rd. between U.S. 41 & I-75.

www.missionvalleycc.com

Twin Isles Country Club 941-637-1232

Twin Isles Country Club is a Private Club, located 5 minutes south of the historical district of Punta Gorda, Florida. Visiting golfers are welcome while we fill our membership roster. Twin Isles’ golf course, tennis complex and spacious clubhouse create a comfortable atmosphere that makes new members feel welcome - we invite you to our special place in Punta Gorda.

www.twinislescc.org

Esplanade Golf & Country Club 941-306-3500

at Lakewood Ranch

Esplanade Golf & Country Club, the area’s newest country club is designed in an eco-friendly manner, featuring majestic oaks and varying elevations. Large greens, and generous fairways provide for an enjoyable round. World-class golf and resort-level customer service, professional golf instruction, superior golf programming, and boutique retail services make this course a must-play.

www.esplanadelwr.com


PUBLIC GOLF COURSES

EXCEPTIONAL VALUES, CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES, GREAT SERVICE Buffalo Creek Golf Course 941-776-2611

The goal of Buffalo Creek is simple - offer the best value of any championship course in the area. A challenging par-72 Ron Garl design, perfect for all skill levels. Rolling, wide fairways in the Scottish links tradition wind through lakes and waterways, and not a house in sight! Featuring New TifEagle Greens! Staffed by PGA Professionals with a commitment to great customer service. The snack bar is open daily.

www.golfbuffalocreek.com

Manatee Golf Club 941-792-6773

Experience home town hospitality! Sharpen your game at the full practice facilities. A challenging layout, with five teeing areas making it friendly for all abilities. New Tif Eagle Greens! The snack bar is open daily. Centrally located, it is the closest championship length golf course to the beaches and 9.5 miles West of I-75 on SR70/53rd Ave. www.golfmanatee.com

Kings Gate Golf Club 941-625-0680

Golfers of all abilities will enjoy this 18-hole executive course. Enjoy the natural beauty of picturesque lakes, natural preserves, and a beautifully landscaped community. Walking is allowed anytime. Play in leagues, tournaments or just for fun! Whether you play for the challenge, the fun, the friends, the exercise, or to get away from it all, you’ll love living and playing here. West of I-75 off Kings Hwy.

www.kingsgategolfclub.com

CONTACT US TODAY TO HELP PLAN YOUR NEXT EVENT!

Dedicated to Excellence Our creative and professional team of country club professionals is committed to making your tournament or group outing a success. We specialize in banquets,weddings, corporate events and parties - from the intimate gathering to the grand occasion in one of our exceptional country club settings.

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SEMI-PRIVATE GOLF CLUBS TRI-CLUB MEMBERSHIP RESTAURANT AND FULL BAR OPEN DAILY FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES UNLIMITED GREEN FEES, RANGE BENEFITS, & MUCH MORE

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COURSES Semi-Private Course

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Bradenton

Peridia Golf and Country Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 3373 / 58.8 / 97 Yellow: 3014 / 56.2 / 89 Red: 2749 / 55.6 / 89

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architects: Jed Azinger and Gordon Lewis General Manager: Tom Donato, CAM Head Golf Professional: Mitch Riley, PGA Superintendent: Ray Bartels, Jr. , CGCS

COURSE AMENITIES

• Complete Pro Shop • Terrace on The Green Restaurant with Full Bar service • Banquets and weddings • Golf Lessons available with Mitch Riley, PGA

Semi-Private Course

MAP #144

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Men’s White: 3752 / 60.3 / 101; Ladies Red: 3122 / 58.5 / 95

Manatee County’s Premier Executive Golf Course offers lush fairways and redesigned Tif-Eagle greens that provide a challenge to golfers of all skill levels and the ability to play in 3 hours. Walk or ride anytime! It’s the perfect course for couples, families, and seniors to improve their short game. Peridia’s full service restaurant and banquet facility is open to the public for lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is the Club’s most popular event, every Sunday from 10am to 2 pm, please call to make your reservation. 4950 Peridia Boulevard East Bradenton, FL 34203 941-758-2582 www.peridiagcc.net

Bradenton

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Dean Refram Director of Operations: Joel King Superintendent: Andrew Jordan

COURSE AMENITIES

• Putting Green • Pro Shop • Walking Allowed • Tournaments and Leagues Welcome • Exclusive Foot Joy Dealer

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club is one of the area’s finest executive courses nestled inside a beautiful community. Between the water-bordered fairways and the 37 bunkers surrounding 18 Champion Bermuda greens this 3,706-yard, par-61 course offers a challenge to golfers of all ages and handicaps. The amenities include a pro shop, snacks, refreshments and putting green. 4260 Ironwood Circle Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-3288 www.PinebrookIronwood.com

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Semi-Private Course

MAP #103

TEE INFORMATION Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gold: 7031 / 74.4 / 144 Blue: 6621 / 72.1 / 137 White: 6102 / 69.6 / 128 Red: 5495 / 71.7 / 130

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Ron Garl General Manager: Mike Pascuzzi Head Pro: David Lamm Superintendent: Doug Powell

COURSE AMENITIES • GPS System on Carts • Chipping Area • Club Storage • Clubhouse • Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Restaurant • Golf Club Rental

Bradenton

The River Club Rated HHHH by Golf Digest, The River Club is a challenging test of golf. Measuring more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, The River Club is considered one of the more challenging layouts in the area. Two distinctive nines incorporate rolling fairways with plenty of mounding on the front and dense woods with undulating, rolling greens on the back. To add to the playability, last summer the Ron Garl-designed 18-hole championship course incorporated all new state-of-the-art Jones Dwarf greens. A semi-private country club, The River Club is open to the public seven days a week. Memberships are available. The restaurant offers panoramic views of the golf course and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and Friday night dinners. Other amenities include a full-service pro shop, lessons, driving range, tennis courts, pool, lounge and banquet facilities. Tee times are available two days in advance and proper golf attire is required. Conveniently located one mile east of I-75 (exit 217), only minutes from Sarasota, & Tampa/St. Petersburg.

6600 River Club Boulevard Bradenton, FL 34202 941-751-4211 www.riverclubgc.com


Break habits you are not aware of having and break your game down to the lower scores you know you are capable of shooting!

Cathy Schmidt LPGA Teaching Professional Master Instructor Impact Zone

Tw4 to 1 Student to Teacher Ratio

941-720-9080

www. The Golf Boot Camp.com At Manatee County Golf Course

Private lessons upon request, please call 941-720-9080

Public Golf Course

MAP #126

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Men Women Pro: 7141/75.0/139 Black: 6720/73.2/135 White: 6219/70.4/132 76.4/136 Silver: 5647/67.8/120 73.2/129 Green: 5002/64.7/115 69.8/121

Bradenton

Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbour

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Arthur Hills Head Golf Pro/GM: Todd Pyle Superintendent: Jim Wells Food & Beverage Director: Geoff Scott

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse - Grill 8000 • Golf Lessons • Practice Facilities • Pro Shop • Seven Day Advanced T-times • Banquet Facilities

One of the area’s premier daily-fee golf courses! This 18-hole, par-72 championship course plays through a landscape highlighted by mature wooded wetland preserves and ponds, creating strategic risk/reward holes. Designed by Arthur Hills, one of the world’s top course designers, this is a “must-play” masterpiece. After golf, join us in Grill 8000, with its unique menu items, crafted cocktails, daily features and signature hospitality. Call us to book your extraordinary event! 8000 Stone Harbour Loop Bradenton, FL 34212 941-746-2696 www.GolfStoneybrook.com


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Lakewood Ranch

MAP #132

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: King: 7148 / 74.5 / 138 Arnold: 6791 /72.6 / 134 National: 6374 / 70.2 /130 Palmer: 5988 / 68.5 / 127 Friendly (M): 5685 / 67 / 124 Friendly (W): 5685 / 72.5 / 128 Winnie: 5194 / 69.8 / 120

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Head Golf Professional: David Perritt PGA Superintendent: Jamie McCrosky

COURSE AMENITIES

• Chipping Area • Clubhouse • Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Concessions • Golf Club Rentals-Titleist

Conveniently located east of I-75 on State Rd 70 (Exit 217)

Lakewood National Golf Club This Arnold Palmer Design Company course offers Magnificent Golf, Superb Amenities and Outstanding Service Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Lakewood National takes you on a journey over broad rolls, long ridges, unexpected dips, over and alongside beautiful ponds, and next to delicate wetland preserves to offer an exhilarating experience for everyone to enjoy. The course possesses a natural, rustic feel with a classic touch.Contour, coupled with width, will be your friend or foe depending on the slopes and angles between you and your intended target. Six sets of tees makes it a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. A fully stocked pro shop, world-class practice facilities and instructors are available to help you perfect your game. A private bundled golf community. The public is invited to experience our outstanding conditions and superior service while we fill our membership. Ask us about hosting your next tournament or outing.

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COURSES Public Golf Course

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #106

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: American, 6082 / 69.2 / 119; British, 6829 / 72.1 / 123; Gillespie, 1687

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 45 Architects: Donald Ross / Dave Johnson / Ron Garl General Manager: Susan J. Martin Assistant GM: Christian Martin, PGA; Teacher of the Year

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse - Restaurant • PGA Golf Lessons • Practice Facilities • Golf Shop • Walking Allowed • Golf Club Rental • Five Day Advanced T-times • League Play Available

Semi-Private Course

MAP #109

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gold: 4545 / 70.8 / 124 Silver: 3941 / 68.5 / 119 Blue: 3443 / 71.3 / 117 Yellow: 2731 / 71.3 / 117

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Sarasota’s only municipal golf facility with 45 holes of great golf fun and challenges. Play the American Course (18 holes, par-71) and the British Course (18 holes, par-72) for the challenge or the 9-hole, par30 Gillespie Executive for the fun! A full practice facility is available. For 15 years, Bobby Jones has been voted as the No.1 public/semiprivate golf course by readers of the Sarasota Herald Tribune and has been named Best of the Best by Sarasota Magazine. 1000 Circus Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-4653 (GOLF) www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com

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The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes N SI EN A! E GR OT ST AS BE SAR

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Gordy Lewis Head Golf Professional: Jay Nash, PGA General Manager: Sven Nelson III Superintendent: Robert Carter

COURSE AMENITIES

• Complete Pro Shop • Golf lessons available • Large Practice facility with two Putting Greens, Chipping Area and Aquatic Driving Range • Grill Room • Memberships available

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Nestled in the heart of Sarasota, The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes is unlike any golf experience on the Suncoast. This brand new course from renowned architect, Gordy Lewis, features a Par 64 layout that will challenge every aspect of your game. The Palms is maintained in championship condition and features TifEagle greens and Celebration fairways, providing turf surfaces that rival that of many of Florida’s most exclusive country clubs. Two very unique nines provide great variety and ensure that you’ll use every club in your bag!

1990 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34232 941-388-7241 www.palmsatforestlakes.com


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Semi-Private Course

MAP #116

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6747 / 72.1 / 124; White: 6111 / 69.1 / 118; Gold M: 5435 / 65.9 / 110; Gold W: 5435 / 71.3 / 120; Red M: 5126 / 64.6 / 104; Red W: 5126 / 69.7 / 116

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Ted McAnlis General Mngr: Eddie Rodriguez Superintendent: Tom Hilferty

COURSE AMENITIES

• Chipping Area • Club Storage • Clubhouse • Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Sand Practice • Concessions • Restaurant-Breakfast & Lunch • Golf Club Rental

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Sarasota

Tatum Ridge Golf Links Rated MMMM by Golf Digest. Tatum Ridge is conveniently located approximately 2 miles east of I-75 off of Fruitville Road (exit 210). Turn left off of Fruitville Road onto Tatum Road and you’re there. Tatum Ridge Golf Links is a Scottish-style links course complemented by preserved wetlands and 11 lakes in a natural setting, with plenty of wild life and nature at its best. We have been “Sarasota’s Fun Course to Play” since 1989. Our signature hole is the 504-yard, par 5, 13th, a dogleg right over water. A large practice facilty offers grass tees, chipping from grass and bunkers, and an 18-hole putting green. Lessons are available by appointment. Proper golf attire and soft spikes are required. Call for tee times up to seven days in advance or visit our website at www.tatumridgegolflinks.com to make your own tee time and look for special offers. We welcome large groups for outings and tournaments. Our restaurant is also available for special events. For information about lessons and clinics available at the Golf Academy, please contact Tim Conaway at (941) 812-0137. 421 North Tatum Road Sarasota, FL 34240 941-378-4211 www.tatumridgegolflinks.com


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COURSES Semi-Private Course

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #180

TEE INFORMATION Yardage/Rating/Slope: White: 2810 par 58 Red: 2525

Sarasota

Village Green Golf Club

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 Manager/Golf Professional: Jack Binswanger, PGA Superintendent: Al Williams

COURSE AMENITIES • Complete Pro Shop • Daily lunch menu • Full Bar • Chipping & Practice Green • PGA Instruction • 9 & 18 hole rates • Walk or Ride Anytime • Golf Club Rental • Golf Club Repair • League Play Available • Memberships Available

Village Green is conveniently located to downtown Sarasota and the beaches. It’s Sarasota’s fun place to play, learn, or tune up your short game. A great course for women, seniors, beginning golfers, juniors and family events or tournaments. Come join one of our leagues or form your own! The restaurant opens for lunch daily and the full bar is a great place to gather after your round. The clubhouse is available for special events. 3500 Pembrook Dr Sarasota, FL 34239 941-922-9500 www.villagegreengolfclub.com


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE

Semi-Private Course

MAP #136

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Black: 7344 / 75.2 / 136; Gold: 6559 / 71.9 / 129; Silver: 6034 / 69.5 / 121; Orange Men: 5521 / 63.3 / 116; Orange Ladies: 5521 / 71.7 / 123; Jade: 5069 / 69.1 / 117

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Gordon Lewis Director of Golf: Mark Trotter Head Golf Professional: Charles Darbyshire Assistant Professional: Rich Williamson Golf Shop Staff: Jack Collins Superintendent: Josh Del Bene

COURSE AMENITIES

• Pro Shop • Driving Range • Short Game Practice Areas • Golf Lessons • Golf Club Rental • 19th Hole Restaurant

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Venice

Sarasota National Golf Club Spectacular TifEagle Greens Sarasota National is one of the fastest growing golf course communities in Venice and Southwest Florida. Sarasota National is excited to unveil its 40,000 square foot clubhouse with wonderful new amenities for the community to enjoy. The project is a perfect fit for the 2200 acre property which is nestled among gorgeous pines, oaks and palms. Be sure to visit the sales staff for more informaton on home sites and future models. The golf course, built to the specifications of Silver Signature by Audubon International, is both environmentally friendly and unparalleled in beauty and playability. The expansive fairways, undulating greens, multiple tee placements and strategic bunker positioning will allow the course to be flexible enough for high-handicap golfers to enjoy, but capable of challenging the very best golfers. Golfers can expect exceptional service and a world-class golf experience every time. The golf complex includes a fully-stocked pro shop, aqua range with natural turf targets, chipping and putting greens and lessons are available by PGA professionals. 25510 National Blvd. Venice, FL 34293 941-496-8676 www.sarasotanationalgolf.com


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COURSES Public Golf Course

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #179

TEE INFORMATION

Venice

Lake Venice Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6507 / 70.5 / 125; White: 6173 / 69.1 / 123; Gold: 5592 / 65.8 /110; Red: 4692 / 62.6 /104

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 27 Architects: Mark Mahanna General Manager: Rod Parry Superintendent: David Knott

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse - Restaurant • Practice Facilities • Driving Range • Golf Shop • Walking Anytime • Golf Club Rental • Tee times not required • League Play Available • FLORIDA RESIDENTS: $5.00 off round of 18hole A.M. riding rate with valid ID • 5 Years Best Public Course

Executive

MAP #166

TEE INFORMATION

Come to Lake Venice for the best golf value in the Sarasota area! Play the recently rennovated nine holes Gulfside and warm up at the new practice area and driving range at this championship quality 27-hole facility. Located on the Isle of Venice adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, golfers can walk or ride any time to experience the Gulf breezes and truly natural surroundings of this local favorite. Tee times are not required. Lake Venice is renowned for reasonable rates, quality service and a knowledgeable friendly staff. Call for seasonal pricing and afternoon specials. 1801 South Harbor Drive Venice, FL 34285 941-488-3948 www.LakeVeniceGolf.com

Venice

Venice East Golf Course

Yardage: 2791 / Par 57

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 General Manager: Lila Purcell Golf Professional: Coleman Plecker, PGA Superintendents: Danny Willis & Gary Matthews

COURSE AMENITIES • Rental Equipment • Snacks • PGA Instruction • Walking Anytime • Memberships Available Equity & Associate • Driving Range & Practice Facility • Automated Ball Machine • Special 5 Buckets for $20

GolfCoastMagazine.com

Golf should be fun! Want to have a nice relaxing round and then go to the beach? Want to exercise and like to walk? If so, then we’re the perfect course for you. Venice East Golf Course is a semi-private 18-hole executive course with a par of 57 making it easy to walk or ride and play a round in less than 3 hours. For Specials and Coupons see our website at: veniceeastgc.com 107 Venice East Boulevard Venice, FL 34293 941-493-0005 www.veniceeastgc.com


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE

Semi-Private Course

MAP #112

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Meadows & Preserve Gold: 7182 / 75.4 / 141 Blue: 6619 / 72.2 / 133 White: 6053 / 69.8 / 121 Black: 5600 / 67.4 / 117 Red: 4939 / 68.9 / 117 Orange: 4166 / 64.3 / 106 Preserve & Hatchett Creek Gold: 7009 / 74.3 / 145 Blue: 6477 / 71.6 / 133 White: 5918 / 69.3 / 116 Black: 5326 / 66.5 / 109 Red: 4756 / 68.5 / 114 Orange: 4084 / 63.8 / 106 Hatchett Creek & Meadows Gold: 7039 / 74.5 / 140 Blue: 6526 / 72.0 / 129 White: 6067 / 69.9 / 122 Black: 5412 / 66.9 / 113 Red: 5075 / 70.4 / 118 Orange: 4272 / 64.9 / 104

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 27 Architect: Ted McAnlis PGA Head Pro: Bill Neal General Mngr: Tom Weaver Superintendent: Dan Haubein Assistant Pros: Travis Blauvelt, Brian Todd

COURSES

Venice

Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club Voted Best Semi-Private Club in Venice 15 years in a row! • Six Sets of Tees to Satisfy Every Skill Level • Beautiful Nature Preserves and Lakes • Extensive Driving Range and Practice Facility • PGA Professionals to Fine-Tune Your Game • Golf Tournaments & Corporate Outings Available • Award-Winning Sunday Brunch • Top-Quality, Creatively Prepared Menu • Private Parties, Banquets, Receptions and Charity Functions • Golf Memberships Available Conveniently located on Center Road between Jacaranda Blvd (I-75 exit 193) and Bypass 41. 4-DAY ADVANCE TEE TIMES

625 Center Road Venice, FL 34285 941-496-4653 www.pelicanpointeclub.com

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Semi-Private Course

MAP #160

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Englewood

Boca Royale Golf & County Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Diamond: 6357 / 71.1 / 130 Emerald: 6065 / 69.7 / 122 Platinum: 5720 / 67.9 / 121 Gold: 5366 / 66.4 / 118 Ruby: 4981 / 63.8 / 114

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Golf Professional: Ed McConnell, PGA Superintendent: David Spencer

COURSE AMENITIES

• Chipping Area • Club Storage • Clubhouse • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Sand Practice • Restaurant-Lunch Daily, Dinner Wed-Fri, Sunday Brunch • Golf Club Rental • GolfBoard Rental

Boca Royale is a Semi-private Country Club that welcomes all golfers and offers a challenge for all skill levels. Our pro shop staff and our teaching professionals are waiting to serve our members and guests. Eighteen championship holes with NEW Champion Greens, five tee box locations and an excellent putting practice area are surrounded by towering oaks, cypress, palms, and lush green fairways. Native birds and wildlife can be spotted on the 150 acres of lakes, tropical nature preserves and the beautiful landscape of woodlands, sand and water. 1601 Englewood Road Englewood, FL 34223 941-474-7475 www.bocaroyale.com

“ The Experts in the Game and Business of Golf ” The NFPGA is a group of approximately 1500 PGA Members and Apprentices serving the needs of the golfers at more than 600 courses in North Florida. The North Florida Section is the fourth largest in the PGA, geographically comprised of 41 counties. Founded in 1916, the PGA of America has grown into the world's largest working sports organization. If it’s about golf, choose a PGA Professional for advice! They are the experts in the game and business of golf. On the web at: nfpga.com


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE Semi-Private Course

MAP #157

TEE INFORMATION Yardage:

Par: 72 Oaks & Creek & Marsh & Marsh Oaks Creek Black 6869 6783 6816 Blue 6348 6406 6370 White 5940 5926 5880 Gold 5141 5217 5264 Red 4787 4755 4820

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Nor th Por t

Heron Creek Golf & Country Club

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 27 Architect: Arthur Hills Dir of Golf: Bart Cook, PGA Superintendent: Tom Rainey Course Records: Gary March, 62 Nancy Smith, 65

COURSE AMENITIES

• Complete Pro Shop • Full Menu and Bar • PGA Golf Lessons • 12 Acre Practice Facility with 3 Short Game Holes • Memberships Available

The 27-hole championship course is rated 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest, for it’s superb, natural design that not only preserves, but enhances its natural surroundings. Elevated tees assist the golfer with shot placement and the courses, tees, fairways and roughs have been recently renovated. Now featuring all new TifEagle ultradwarf Bermuda greens. The practice facilities and learning center are without question the largest and finest in the region, with multiple areas to develop every facet of your game. Annual Practice Range Memberships are available: Family-$595, Single-$395. Range Membership comes with 4 complimentary Twilight rounds of golf. Tee times available 7 days in advance. 5301 Heron Creek Blvd. North Port, FL 34287 941-423-6955 www.heroncreekgcc.com

Join us as a Member for a Day. Plus! Every round includes a chance to win $5000. For a Hole In One* Nov, Dec, & April $49 Jan, Feb & March $79 May - Oct. $39

12 Acre Learning Center 4 USGA spec TifEagle practice putting, chipping and pitching greens

Name__________________________________________ Email__________________________________________ Phone__________________________________________ Address_________________________________________ City______________________St_____Zip_____________

Rates Expire 12/31/18

Call : (941)-423-6955 for Tee Times Call for reduced rates June - September • 7 day advance tee times *South Sarasota County’s only Everyday Hole In One Contest


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE

Semi-Private Course

MAP #184

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: No.1: 7107 / 75.0 / 137; No.2: 6623 / 72.8 / 132; No. 3: 6429 / 71.6 / 131; No.4: 6066 / 70.1 / 127; No.5 M: 5638 / 68.5 / 124; No.5 Wm: 5638 / 73.1 / 128; No.6: 5038 / 70.5 / 124

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 General Manager: J.B. Belknap Head Golf Professional: Jimmy Karr Superintendent: Scotty Helmig

COURSE AMENITIES

• Chipping Area • Club Storage • Clubhouse • Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Sand Practice • Concessions • Restaurant-Breakfast & Lunch • Golf Club Rental

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Lake Suzy

Kingsway Country Club Readers Choice and Best of the Best year after year! Nestled in the residential community of Lake Suzy, Kingsway is conveniently located less than a mile from I-75 (exit 170) just minutes away from Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. Kingsway was recently ranked a Florida top 10 course by GolfNow.com player reviews. Ron Garl, the original course designer and one of the foremost golf course architects in the industry, has made significant design improvements to what was already one of the finest golf courses in the area. This championship par-72 layout is a challenging yet forgiving course incorporating rolling terrain, wide fairways, ample bunkers and spacious TifEagle greens. Challenges are abundant but with multiple tees, all golfers, regardless of skill level, can enjoy the experience. Kingsway offers creative and flexible membership plans, including the new Winter membership, to suit any lifestyle. Come and explore why Kingsway is passionate about golf! For tee times, call 941-625-8898. For membership, wedding receptions, business meetings and parties, please call 941-276-5349. 13625 SW Kingsway Circle. Lake Suzy, FL 34269 941-625-8898 www.kingswaycountryclub.com


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CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #119

TEE INFORMATION Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 3976 / 59.3 / 100; White: 3445 / 57.2 / 93; Red: 2840 / 56.0 / 85

Englewood

Oyster Creek Golf Club

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Ted McAnlis Director of Operations: Joel King General Manager: Denny Burnham Superintendent: Andrew Jordan

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Snack Bar - Lunch • Golf Club Rental • Exclusive Foot Joy Dealer

Semi-Private Golf Club

MAP #172

TEE INFORMATION Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 5836 / 68.9 / 124 White: 5424 / 66.9 / 115 Gold: 4942/ 64.8 / 113 Ladies Gold: 4942 / 69.0 / 121 Red: 4746 / 68.3 / 119

Not your typical executive golf course, Oyster Creek, designed by Ted McAnlis, is both challenging and scenic. Accuracy off the tee is important as water comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes. Distance is critical on only a few of the par 4s, but even low-handicap golfers find they play to their handicap. Oyster Creek offers meticulouslymanicured greens surrounded by environmentally-protected natural wetlands. 6651 Oriole Blvd. Englewood, FL 34224 941-475-0334 www.oystercreekgolfclub.com

Punta Gorda

Deep Creek Golf Club gle -EaS!! f i wT N Ne GREE

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Mark McCumber General Manager/PGA: Todd Evans Superintendent: Josh Czarnecki

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse - Restaurant • Practice Facilities • Short Game Area • Walking Allowed • Golf Club Rental • Five Day Advanced T-times • PGA Instruction • 5 Day Advanced T-Times

GolfCoastMagazine.com

Now in its 32nd year of operation, Deep Creek has become one of the top-rated golf clubs in the Charlotte County area. 18 holes of enjoyable golf and a welcoming and friendly staff will make your experience top-notch. Public play is welcome, and a variety of memberships are available at an exceptional value. Our restaurant and lounge serves only the best quality food and drinks under a casual setting to enhance your experience. Warm up on our putting green and driving range before your round. 1260 San Cristobal Avenue Punta Gorda, FL 33983 941-625-6911 www.deepcreekgolf.com

Nice People, Great Golf!


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TIPS

Want to hit it farther? Of course, you do...we all do! Cathy Schmidt, LPGA, The Golf Boot Camp

I’ve never had anyone come to me and say, “I’m hitting it too far, can you show me how to hit it shorter?”One of the easiest ways to add length is to free up your pivot, body motion. We hear about creating resistance between the upper and lower body during the swing but in reality, unless you’re as flexible as Gumby you’ll lose distance by doing that. Here’s a better way to create distance and it’s much easier on your body. Take your normal address position and flair both feet outward. As you make your backswing turn your belly button and the top of your sternum as FAR away from the target as you can. Your front foot will most likely roll to the inside of itself and the front heel will come off the ground...and that’s ok...ALL of the greatest players ever lifted the front foot. By having a free turn in both directions you’ll add length of swing in both directions giving you a bigger arc and more power. Remember, to have a bigger arc you must free up the body motion. Bigger hip and shoulder turn equals bigger arc. Bigger arc means more distance.

Bunker Shots

John Hayes, PGA Chi Chi Rodriguez Family & Sports Complex

Please draw a line in the sand; in fact, draw two lines. Draw one line that is perpendicular to the direction of your golf swing. Now stand so this line is midway between your feet (center line). Now draw a second line that is parallel to the first and that is 10 inches closer to the target. Place your clubhead over the center line and swing; on the forward swing you want to SCRAPE the sand. The scraping should begin at the centerline and continue through the second line. After some practice swings, put a golf ball midway between the 2 lines and continue to swing and scrape.

GolfCoastMagazine.com

Consistency leads to Consistency Todd Evans, PGA Deep Creek Golf Club

Develop a routine to setting up to the ball. This will insure that you have the proper grip, alignment, and set up for success. Here is a typical routine that I have my students follow with each shot. Stand behind ball, looking from the ball to the desired target and back to the ball. Make a practice swing Address the ball and confirm alignment Head still and hit the ball. Follow through to the top of your swing. The one thing all golfers want when they take a lesson is to be able to hit the ball with consistency. Golf takes a lot of work to be good. Practice your set up routine with consistency you will achieve the same with your shots.


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Chipping on the Golf Course

Doug MacArthur, PGA, Tatum Ridge GC

Develop a Consistent Rhythm Pat McClanan Shriver, PGA Cove Cay GC

You need to have a consistent rhythm to your swing to be a consistent golfer. Think about Major League pitchers. They all have different styles and techniques as they make their wind up and throw the ball. Each pitcher does it differently. Some wiggle , some bend over before winding up. Some do an odd movement with their leg. Every style is unique but they are all rhythmic and the rhythm is the same every time. Think about that as you swing the club. Your technique does not have to be “Major League” but you need to have a consistent tempo or rhythm to it. The tempo should be the same over and over again.

I’m about five inches from being an outstanding golfer. That’s the distance my left ear is from my right.

~Ben Crenshaw

Grip Pressure Tom Shea, PGA The Eagles Golf Club

Grip pressure rules everything in the golf swing. Keep it light throughout the swing and you should be able to answer these three questions: 1. Where is the club? You should be able to feel where it is during the whole swing. 2. Where is the club going? As you feel the club you should be able to control the directions the club takes. 3. What is your speed? If you feel the club and its directions, you will be able to control the speed of the club throughout the whole swing too!

Select a 9-8-7 Iron - no wedges pleases. This is basically considered an arm motion or like a putting stroke. Your address position is your arms form a triangle and your weight is on the left side. Pre shot routine - practice brushing the ground to give yourself a feel for the shot. Select where you want the ball to land and place the ball in the middle or slightly back of center of your stance. Keep your wrist firm and finish with the back of the left hand to the target.

Take Enough Club Matt Mitchell, PGA The Downs Golf Practice Facility

It’s my experience that average golfers do not hit enough club on approach shots. Here’s a suggestion: If there’s no hazard over the green, hit a club that you know will fly to the back third of the green. Hit it perfectly and you’re on the back of the green. Don’t catch it flush and you’re still on the front of the green. Try it. You’ll hit more greens in regulation and lower your scores.

Distance Control When Putting Terry Decker, PGA St. Petersburg Country Club

The most important part of a putt is distance control. Practice five, ten, twenty and twenty-five foot putts using the same speed and rhythm of stroke adjusting the length of stroke. A drill to practice touch is to set balls up at those distances and putt to a flag stick lying on the putting green, try hitting the putts as close to the stick without hitting the stick.

SHARPEN YOUR PUTTING Sue Ertl- LPGA Head Teaching Professional University Park CC

Gain confidence in the club you use the most: Your Putter! SPEED - match the pace to the distance of your putt. PATH - read the green to gauge the best estimate of direction. STROKE - back & through - get the “beat” adding slight acceleration toward the hole. CALM - quiet your body; relax within your routine PRACTICE - make more short putts; also get the medium and longer putts closer into a 2-putt range. Practice - Improve - Perform on the course!


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SHOPPING | SERVICES/ENTERTAINMENT | INSTRUCTION CHARLOTTE MAP PAGE 43 SARASOTA AND MANATEE MAP PAGE 38

SHOPPING Edwin Watts 5247 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 | www.edwinwattsgolf.com | 941-922-1006 | Map #200, Ad Page 95 The Golf Outlet 5935 Factory Shops Blvd, Ellenton, FL | www.USAgolfoutlet.biz | 941-722-9000 | Map #181, Ad Page 3 SERVICES /ENTERTAINMENT Golf Home Guru - Joe Morgan Guru@GolfHomeGuru.com | www.GolfHomeGuru.com | 239-438-6426 | Ad Page 32

Personal Golf Fan www.PGFan.com | 888-938-6672 | Ad Page 39 Pope Golf www.Popegolf.net | 941-444-6600 | Ad Page 15 INSTRUCTION Cathy Schmidt, LPGA Manatee County Golf Course, Bradenton,FL | www.TheGolfBootCamp.com | 941-720-9080 | Map #111, Ad Page 22 Golf Academy at Tatum Ridge Golf Links 421 North Tatum Road, Sarasota, FL 34240 | www.ConwayGolf.com | 941-812-0137 | Map #116, Ad Page 25

International Barter Exchange 1161 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 | www.IBEBarter.com | 941-955-6100 | Map #137, Ad Page 94

Golf Academy at University Park 7671 The Park Boulevard, University Park,FL | www.UniversityPark-FL.com | 941-359-9999 | Map #105, Ad Page 8

Mission Inn Howy-In-The-Hills, FL | www.MissionInnResort.com | 888-283-6363 | Ad Page 59

North Florida PGA Regional website | www.NFPGA.com | 386.256-1221 | Ad Page 30

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MANATEE COUNTY Buffalo Creek Golf Course (941) 776-2611 P 18 72 7005-5261/72 • • • • • 17 130 8100 Erie Road, Palmetto, FL 34221; i-75 to exit 224, 301 North to Erie Road, 2 mi to 69th St. E turn left

Esplanade Golf & Country Club (941) 306-3500 SP 18 72 6756-4597/72 • • • • • 16 139 5240 Esplanade Blvd. W., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211; SR 70 east from I-75; Left on LRB, east on Rangeland Rd.

IMG Academy Golf Club (941) 758-1464 SP 18 72 6855-5294/72 • • • • • 14 114 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton, FL 34210; US 41 to Bayshore Gardens Pkwy, west to entrance

Lakewood National Golf Club (941) 900-2424 PR 72 7148-5194/72 • • • • • 23 132 17605 Lakewood National Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211; I-75 to exit 217; East on SR 70

Legacy Golf Club (941) 907-7920 P 72 7008-4886/72 • • • • • 96 192 8255 Legacy Boulevard, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 to exit 213; East 2.7 miles

Manatee Golf Club (941) 792-6773 P 18 72 6703-5587/72 • • • • • 17 149 6415 53rd Ave W. Bradneton, FL 34210; Cortez road to 66th St W. Turn south then east on 53rd Ave.

Mocassin Wallow Golf Club (941) 723-0500 SP 72 7089-4590/73.9 • • • • • 5 101 9680 Buffalo Road, Palmetto, FL 34221; Exit 229 off I-75, 1/4 mile east

Peridia Golf and Country Club (941) 758-2582 SP 72 5044-4109/72 • • • • • 20 151 4950 Peridia Blvd. East Bradenton, FL 34203; Exit 217 off I-75; West on Hwy 70 ; turn R

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club (941) 792-3288 E 18 68 3706-3146/59.9 • • • • 20 144 4260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton, FL 34209; Just off Cortez Road between 51st St. W. & 43rd. St. West

The River Club (941) 751-4211 SP 18 72 7031-5056/72 • • • • • 21 103 6600 River Club Blvd., Bradenton, FL; 1 mile east of I-75 off SR70, exit 217.

Sara Bay Country Club (941) 355-7658 PR 72 7021-5264/72 • • • • • 11 141 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, FL 34243; Just N of the airport, US 41 to Montgomery Ave.; turn R

Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour (941) 746-2696 P 18 72 7141-5002/72 • • • • • 22 126 790 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 to Exit 220, East on SR 64

University Park Country Club (941) 359-9999 SP 27 72 105 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL 34201; 1.8 miles west of I-75 on University Parkway, (Exit 213

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Bent Tree Country Club (941) 371-8200 PR 18 72 6880-5350/73.2 • • • • • 16 156 4700 Bent Tree Boulevard, Sarasota, FL; 1.5 miles east of I-75, Bee Ridge Road (Exit 207).

Bobby Jones Golf Course (941) 365-4653 P 45 106 1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232; Off Beneva Road,

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Boca Royale Country Club (941) 474-7475 SP 18 72 6357-4981/70.9 • • • • • 30 160 1601 Englewood Road, Englewood, FL 34223 ; I-75 to Jacaranda Blvd; Left onto Hwy 776, 4 miles S of US41

Calusa Lakes Golf Club (941) 484-8995 SP 18 107 1995 Calusa Lakes Blvd., Nokomis, FL 34275; Exit 195 off I-75

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Capri Isles Golf Club (941) 485-3371 SP 18 72 6600-5075/72 • • • • • 18 108 849 Capri Isles Blvd., Venice, FL 34292; I-75 off Jacaranda Blvd. (exit 193), R on Venice Ave., R on Capri Isles Blvd

Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club (941) 429-0500 SP 18 72 6748-4800/73.0 • • • • • 12 110 1350 Bobcat Trail, North Port, FL, 34288; I-75 to exit 179, 2 miles west on Toledo Blade.

The Groves Course at The Meadows (941) 371-0982 SP 18 65 4182-3268/65 • • • • • 26 135 3400 Longmeadow, Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx 1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow

Heron Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 423-6955 SP 27 72 157 5301 Heron Creek Blvd., North Port, FL 34287; Take I-75 to Exit

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Highlands Course at The Meadows (941) 371-0982 SP 18 72 6669-5090/72 • • • • • 26 135 3400 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx 1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow

Lake Venice Golf Club (941) 488-3948 P 27 72 6507-4962/72 • • • • • 28 179 1801 South Harbor Drive, Venice, FL; Business 41 to W. Venice Ave, L on S. Harbor Drive 2-1/2 miles

The Meadows Country Club (941) 378-5957 PR 18 72 6669-5090/72 • • • • • 7 135 3400 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx 1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow

Mission Valley Golf & Country Club (941) 488-7747 PR 18 72 6734-5147/73.1 • • • • • 16 128 1851 Mission Valley Blvd., Nokomis, FL 34275; Exit 195 off I-75 west to Mission Valley Rd, turn right

Misty Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 921-5258 PR 18 72 6895-5208/72 • • • • 16 123 8954 Misty Creek Drive, Sarasota, FL 34241; 3 miles east of I-75, Bee Ridge Rd exit 207


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The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes (941) 388-7241 SP 18 64 109 1990 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34232; Exit I-75 at

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Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club (941) 496-4653 SP 27 72 7182-4756/72 • • • • 29 112 625 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285; I-75 to South on Jacaranda Blvd., (exit 193) right on Center Road

Rolling Green Golf Club (941) 355-7621 P 18 72 6440-5081/72 • • • • • 96 175 4501 N. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34234; I-75 to exit 213 to Tuttle Ave. South for 1/2 mile

Sarasota National Golf Club (941) 496-8676 SP 18 72 7344-5069/72 • • • • 27 136 25510 National Blvd, Venice, FL 34293; From I-75 Jacaranda Blvd (exit 193) W to US 41, turn S appr 2 mi on R

Serenoa Golf Club (941) 925-2755 SP 18 72 6333-5024/72 • • • • • 96 113 6733 Serenoa Drive, Sarasota, FL 34241; 2 miles east of I-75 off Clark Road

Tatum Ridge Golf Links (941) 378-4211 SP 18 72 6747-5126/72 • • • • • 25 116 421 North Tatum Road, Sarasota, FL 34240; 2 miles eat of I-75 off Fruitville Road Exit 210

The Venice Golf and Country Club (941) 492-9600 PR 18 72 6747-4394/72 • • • • • 35 186 250 Venice Golf Club Drive, Venice, FL 34292; I-75 exit 193 (Jacaranda Blvd), South to Center Rd, Left 1 mile

University Park Country Club (941) 359-9999 SP 27 72 105 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL 34201; 1.8 miles

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Venice East Golf Club (941) 493-0005 E 18 57 166 107 Venice East Blvd., Venice, FL 34293; I-75 to Jacaranda

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Village Green Golf Club (941) 922-9500 P 18 58 180 3500 Pemrook Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34239; Just North of

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Waterford Golf Club (941) 484-6621 SP 27 72 117 1454 Gleneagles Dr., Venice, FL 34292; Exit 195, Laurel Rd.,

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY Deep Creek Golf Club (941) 625-6911 SP 18 72 5836-4746/70 • • • • • 34 172 1260 San Cristobal Ave., Port Charlotte, FL ; Exit 170 off I-75, east on Kings Hwy, R on Sandhill, R on SanCristobal

Kings Gate Golf Club (941) 625-0680 SP 18 60 3182-2384/60 • • • • 17 152 24000 Rampart Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33980 1 mile west of I-75, Exit 170 Kings Hwy

Kingsway Country Club (941) 625-8898 SP 18 72 7107-5038/72 • • • • 33 184 13625 SW Kingsway Circle, Lake Suzy, FL 34269; Exit 170 off I-75, 1/2 mile east

Oyster Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 475-0334 E 18 60 3976-2840/60 • • • • 34 119 6501 Oriole Blvd, Englewood, FL; I-75 to Exit 191 River Road to Pine, left on Pine to SR776, left on 776, south 2 miles

Twin Isles Country Club (941) 637-1232 PR 18 72 6722-5258/72 • • • • • 16 143 301 Madrid Blvd., Punta Gorda, FL 33950; Exit 161 off I-75, west 1.4 miles to US 41, right then quick left

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Tarpon Woods Golf Club Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation Acquires Tarpon Woods Golf Club

On April 1, 2017 Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation assumed ownership of Tarpon Woods Golf Club located in Palm Harbor, Florida. This is a significant event for several reasons.

First, is the involvement of LPGA Superstar Jan Stephenson. The former LPGA Tour star has 40+ worldwide victories during her illustrious career, including three major North American championships (Peter Jackson Canadian Women’s Open, LPGA Championship and the Women’s US Open) and 9 worldwide major championships. For many years, she was the face of the LPGA. Jan brings star power and credibility with her to Tarpon Woods. GolfCoastMagazine.com

Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation was established in 2011 as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Foundation was originally conceived by Jan to assist individuals who were at a “Crossroads” in their lives. The Crossroads Foundation functioned as a “pass through” charity, raising money and giving it to other charities. One of the charities that benefited was the R.O.P.E. Center, a transitional living facility in Hudson, Florida. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel the United States and the world in my golfing career,” said Jan. “During those travels, I have come to deeply appreciate the


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extraordinary gift of freedom the United States Military provides to this country and to the world. Recognizing this, I felt compelled to create the Crossroads Foundation with the express purpose of ‘Giving to those who have given so much.” Stephenson has been an ambassador for blind and disabled golfers for over 20 years. On many occasions she has invited her LPGA friends to participate in golf events blindfolded so they could experience what it’s like to play without sight. The immediate plan is to turn Tarpon Woods into a training facility for blind and disabled veterans and first responders (firemen, police and EMS).

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“If they were golfers before their injury, we want to teach them to play again with the injury they sustained,” said Michael Vandiver, Executive Vice President of the Crossroads Foundation. “We will also train those blind and disabled veterans and first responders to work in the golf business if they so desire.” Last October, the inaugural Jan Stephenson Celebrity Invitational Golf Classic & Legendary Voices of Rock Concert (sponsored by the May Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors) was the first fundraiser since Tarpon Woods was acquired. Golf celebrities included Robert Gamez and Gavin Coles (PGA Tour), Rod Spittle


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of disrepair to the point where it bordered on unplayable.

Tarpon Woods challenges players with an abundance of dogleg holes.

(PGA Champions Tour), Cindy FiggCurrier and Cindy Rarick (LPGA Tour) and Chris Leak, University of Florida National Champion Quarterback. At the concert Jan was presented with a Proclamation by Mr. Richard Hunt, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, State of Florida, recognizing Tarpon Woods Golf Club and Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation as a Purple Heart Golf facility. There are only 2 recognized facilities in Florida and 10 nationwide. This is quite an honor. The concert was held at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre and featured rock and roll legends Mike Reno (Loverboy), Charles Huhn (Foghat) and Robby Steinhardt (formerly of Kansas), backed by Tampa Bay’s own Stormbringer Band. The two events were a huge success, raising over $30,000. Another reason the acquisition of Tarpon Woods is so significant is that the golf course was in desperate need of new stewardship. For many years, the course has existed on the fringes of respectability. Changes in ownership and management left Tarpon Woods in a state GolfCoastMagazine.com

However, most players who have played it would agree that the course – designed by Lane Marshall – is an inherently good layout. Tree-lined fairways featuring ancient live oaks and cypress heads weave around Brooker Creek Preserve. Wildlife is abundant including alligators, deer, turkey, osprey and other native animals. Stephenson’s team began reclaiming the golf course immediately, lead by Superintendent Rick Wahl. The irrigation system was not working. Pump motors, control boxes and sprinkler heads were replaced and the golf course started coming back to life. Upgrades to the clubhouse are constant, including new coats of paint inside and out. A fleet of new Yamaha QuieTech golf carts is the latest new addition to the facility. The Tarpon Woods pro shop is one of Jan’s pet projects. It features high-end brands such as Antigua, Srixon and Titleist at affordable prices. You will also discover Jan Stephenson wines available from her California winery. Food and beverage at Tarpon Woods is in the capable hands of Beef O’Brady’s, featuring a full-service restaurant and liquor bar. The atmosphere is casual and it’s a great place to grab a bite and a cold beverage before or after your round. Another unique amenity at Tarpon Woods is their Daily Hole-In-One Contest. In partnership with Digital Golf


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Technologies, the par-3 17th hole is equipped with HD cameras that record 24/7. Each time you play, you have an opportunity to win $2,500 if you score a hole in one! All daily play golfers – except golf professionals and juniors under 18 – are automatically entered into the contest. “The ultimate goal is for Tarpon Woods to become the best semi-private golf course in the Tampa Bay area within the next receiving a proclamation recognizing Tarpon Woods four years,” stated Stephenson. Jan Golf Club and JanStephenson’s Crossroads Foundation Over the next several summers, as a Purple Heart Golf Facility. new greens will be built, along with bunker renovation Tarpon Woods At A Glance and other major improvements. The course is open to the public but limited LOCATION memberships are available. Hurricane Irma temporarily slowed down work on the golf course and caused significant damage. However, dozens of volunteers from neighboring communities assisted in clearing debris from the course. It was a testament to the support this worthy project has already garnered. You are invited to come play Tarpon Woods. The course is a work in progress but the improvements to date are nothing short of amazing. The course has been over seeded wall-to-wall, including tees, fairways and greens. For more information or to make a tee time up to seven days in advance, call the Pro Shop at (727) 784-7606 or book online at TarponWoodsGC.com. Donations are gratefully accepted to develop programs for the disabled military veterans and first responders. Thank you Bobby Jacobsen GCM

11000 Tarpon Woods Boulevard Palm Harbor, Florida 34685 Take East Lake Road South to Tarpon Woods Boulevard, then east 1/4 mile

STATISTICS 18 Hole Championship Course, Par 72, GC Designed by Lane Marshall Tee Yards Rating Slope Black 6504 71.3 129 White 6022 69.5 129 Gold 5638 68.8 122 Red 5252 70.6 123 RESERVATIONS

For tee times up to 7 days in advance, call the Pro Shop at (727) 784-7606. Tee times available online at www.TarponWoodsGC.com. Tournaments, Corporate Outings, Weddings and Banquets are welcome. Instruction by PGA Professionals available.


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Clear water

Cove Cay Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Black: 6261/70.4/130 White: 5859/67.8/123 Red: 5483/71.4/115 Yellow: 4704/68.7/111

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 70 Architect: David Stewart G.M./Owner: Pat McClanan Shriver, PGA Director of Golf/Owner: Bill Shriver, PGA Superintendant: Troy Purdue

COURSE AMENITIES

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Cove Cay is a semi-private, 18-hole championship golf course located on the shores of Tampa Bay. The Cove Cay golf course and clubhouse offer spectacular views of Tampa Bay and an abundance of wildlife adds to your experience of the Florida lifestyle. Owners Bill and Pat Shriver – both PGA professionals – have done a tremendous job reviving this “classic gem” located in Clearwater. All levels of golfers are sure to enjoy this challenging layout. With water on 12 holes and a premium on tee shots, Cove Cay is a “must play” for all! After the day be sure to stop by the Bayview Pub and Grill for food and drinks while enjoying spectacular views of the Bay! Enjoy the day, Come visit Cove Cay! 2612 Cove Cay Drive Clearwater, FL 33760 (727) 535-1406 www.covecaygolf.com

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East Bay Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Back: 6451/70.1/128 Middle: 5967/68.1/125 Forward: 5286/71.5/129

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Architect: William Mitchell General Manager: Bruce Orr Superintendent: Bruce Orr Teaching Pro: Jeff Myers

COURSE AMENITIES

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Located in the heart of Pinellas County, minutes from the Gulf Beaches. East Bay is an 18-hole, par-71 championship layout. Water comes into play on 14 holes. East Bay offers full restaurant, lounge, banquet facilities and on-course beverage cart service. Tees, fairways and greens are overseeded for the winter season. Now featuring the Pro Shot GPS System on every golf cart with accurate yardages and detailed hole graphics. Located on East Bay Drive, 2.5 miles west of U.S. Hwy. 19. 702 Country Club Drive Largo, FL 33771 (727) 581-3333 www.eastbaygolfclub.com


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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 4540/62.3/96 White: 4490/61.8/93 Red: 3556/63.7/107

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Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 67 General Manager: Tyson Duane Director of Golf: Michael Summers Pro Shop Manager: Darlene Bonds Superintendent: Aaron May

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Snack Bar with beer • Pro Shop • Practice Green • Rental Clubs • Walker Allowed • Putting & Chipping Green • Practice Cage

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Mainlands Golf Club Family owned and operated for over 45 years Family owned and operated for over 45 years, The Mainlands Golf Club is the destination for both discriminating locals and savvy snowbirds. The course is conveniently located in the heart of Pinellas County about 1 mile north of US 19 and Park Boulevard. Great conditions and friendly service are cherished traditions here. A par 67, nine par 4’s, seven par 3’s, and two par 5’s comprise a walker-friendly, links-style course. A completely stocked pro shop is onsite to cater to any and all golfer’s needs before your round. After your round, visit the snack bar, grab a bite to eat and cold beer and tally up your score on the patio. Come play The Mainlands Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT mainlandsgolf.com/golf-course-news/ FOR UNCLE JULIO’S SPECIAL OF THE MONTH

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Pinecrest Golf Course

Yardage/Rating/Slope: White: 2235 Yards Red: 2029 Yards

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 55 General Manager: Jeff Myers Teaching Pro: Jeff Myers

COURSE AMENITIES

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Discover best kept secret for evecutive golf. Don’t let this small course fool you. Pinecrest is a challenging par-55 short course with 17 par 3s and one par 4. Walking anytime and electric carts are available if you wish to ride. At Pinecrest you will enjoy a very friendly and personable atmosphere. Annual memberships and 10-play tickets are also available. Enjoy the renovated pro shop. Also visit “Your Pizza Shop” upstairs for great food.

1200 – 8th Avenue, S.W. Largo, FL 34640 (727) 584-6497 Municipal Course

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6069/68.5/117 White: 5729/67.0/113 Yellow: 5145/64.4/107 Red: 4886/67.6/113 Family (M): 3388/58.7/96 Family (W): 3388/59.6/96

Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs Golf Course Featuring Paspalum Greens

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Golf Course Manager: Howard Hunt, PGA Head Pro: Steve Didik, PGA

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Snack Bar • Pro Shop • Renovated Driving Range • Range Memberships Available • Short Game Practice Area • Lessons Available • Rental Clubs • Walking Allowed • Book Online 24/7

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Tarpon Springs Golf Club was built in 1908 and follows the architecture of the time with small, elevated greens and quite a few doglegs. The course is very scoreable on your good days, while water hazards can wreak havoc on your bad ones. The course is located on Alt. U.S. Hwy. 19, between Klosterman Road on the south and Tarpon Avenue on the north. Both roads intersect U.S. Hwy. 19. Check out our newly renovated driving range. 1310 S. Pinellas Avenue Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 (727) 934-5191 www.tarponspringsgc.com


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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Green: 6903/73.0/125 Gold: 6375/70.6/121 Black: 5779/67.5/115 Silver: 5139/69.4/114

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Architect: Ron Garl General Mngr: Jason Blanchard, PGA Head Pro: James Gottschalk Superintendent: Keith Lamb, GCSAA

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Golf Digest’s Places to Play 4-1/2 Stars Summerfield Crossings is a links-style golf course that looks like the great layouts of Scotland. This championship course is unique with pot bunkers, waste areas and small, undulating greens. The signature 15th hole is a demanding Par 3 featuring an island green and unpredictable winds. Facilities include a two-tiered driving range, putting and chipping greens and a practice bunker. Doc’s Grille offers a full-service bar, golfer’s grille and full banquet facilities. 13050 Summerfield Blvd. Riverview, FL 33568 (813) 671-3311 www.summerfieldgc.com


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Yardage/Rating/Slope The Forest Course Black: 6604/72.3/134 Blue: 6159/70.2/129 White: 5606/67.8/117 Gold (M): 5112/65.3/112 Gold (W): 5112/69.9/123 Red: 4762/67.8/121 The Lakes Course Black: 7001/73.8/135 Blue: 6572/72.0/130 White: 6222/69.8/129 Gold (M): 5612/66.7/123 Gold (W): 5612/72.3/125 Red: 5200/69.8/124

COURSE FACTS

Forest Course: 18 holes, Par 72 Lakes Course: 18 holes, Par 72 Architects: Ron Garl/Gary Koch General Manager: John Russell Director of Golf: Brian Richter, PGA

COURSE AMENITIES

The Eagles Golf Club Offering Two Championship Layouts at Affordable Rates The Eagles Golf Club boasts a long, proud tradition as the standard of excellence for public access golf in the Tampa Bay area. At over 7,000 yards from the tips, the Lakes Course features all-new Champion Bermuda greens and a traditional look and feel. Bring your long game as it will be tested with par 3s measuring up to 232 yards and par 4s topping off at 462 yards. At 6,719 yards from the championship tees, the Forest Course demands precise shot making and course management. The signature par-3 sixth hole offers the drama of a forced carry over water to a peninsula green. The back nine is nestled in a setting more reminiscent of a nature preserve than a golf course. Playing conditions at The Eagles are consistently excellent. Attention to detail both on the golf courses and in the clubhouse promise to make your experience at The Eagles a memorable one. POSTED MORNING & TWILIGHT RATE

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TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Champ: 6898/73.5/129 Blue: 6053/69.4/117 White: 5487/66.9/109 Red: 4773/68.2/116

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Course Architects: Jed Azinger & Gordon Lewis Pro Shop Manager: John Panno Superintendent: Jim Poertner

COURSE AMENITIES

• Newly Renovated Clubhouse • Restaurant & Bar • Banquet Facilities • Pro Shop • Driving Range • Putting Green • Short Game Area • Lessons • Rental Clubs • Book Online 24/7

Lutz

Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club Specializing in wedding receptions, golf tournaments, meetings, quinceaneras and all other celebrations. Heritage Harbor measures nearly 7,000 yards from the back tees and is one of the most challenging public-access layouts in the Tampa Bay area. Four sets of tees are incorporated into the design, making the course fun for golfers of all skill levels. Swirling winds and strategically located bunkers can wreak havoc with players of this finely manicured links. Course designers Jed Azinger and Gordon Lewis took extra care when laying out the course to preserve the wildlife in residence. Check our website for golf rates and specials. We specialize in wedding receptions, golf tournaments, professional meetings, quinceaneras, and all other celebrations! We provide the highest standard of personalized service, and an outstanding variety of menu items from which to choose. Our attention to detail and our goal of total satisfaction, has been noticed by receiving awards from national wedding websites. Our full-service dining room offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with full liquor bar available, providing a full day of enjoyment before and after your round of golf. Wedding and current banquet pricing are available on our website. 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway Lutz, FL 33558 (813) 949-4886 www.heritageharborgolf.com

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TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gator/Panther: 6489/71.4/119 Bobcat/Gator: 6222/70.3/114 Panther/Bobcat:: 6139/69.9/111

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 27 holes, Par 71-73 General Manager: Ken Ross Director of Golf: Bob Capobianco Superintendent: Justin Martinjak

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse & Snack Bar • Lounge • Pro Shop • Driving Range • 3-Hole Practice Course • Lessons Available with Bobby Capobianco • Rental Clubs • Book Online 24/7 • Trap & Skeet Shooting • Gun Rental

Odessa

Silver Dollar Trap & Golf Club Home of the Southern Grand, the largest trap shooting event in the Southeast US. Silver Dollar Golf Club offers a truly great golfing experience for every skill level, with three 9-hole courses that can be played individually or consecutively. This scenic golf club, located on the northwest corner of Tampa, Florida, conveniently located on the Pinellas/Hillsborough border offers a complete pro shop, extensive practice area, restaurant, and a fun, friendly staff. Nature has blessed this country setting flanked by stately trees, sparkling waters, deer, gators and an occasional eagle. Practice facilities include full driving range, three putting greens, a pitching and chipping green with sand trap, and three practice holes. Come and round out your game with us at the Silver Dollar! Ask about our rewards program. Silver Dollar is also home to the finest trap and skeet shooting club in the southeast US. Before or after your round, test your ability at trap or skeet shooting. Gun rental and ammunition are available. 12711 Silver Dollar Drive Odessa, FL 33556 (813) 920-3884 www.silverdollargolf.com

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Upscale Public GC

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO

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TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6699/72.6/131 White: 6233/70.6/127 Green: 5869/67.2/121 Red: 5205/70.8/127

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Architect: Lloyd Clifton Interim GM: Zack Vervaecke, PGA Superintendent: Terry Pounce

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Full-Service Dining Room • Full Liquor Bar • Banquet Facilities • Weddings/Private Functions • Fully-Stocked Pro Shop • Aqua Driving Range • Putting Green • Chipping Green with Bunker • Book Online 24/7 • Advantage Card with Rewards Program

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Westchase Golf Club Westchase Golf Club’s promise to its customers is the relentless pursuit of perfect conditions and uncompromising personal service in a fun and relaxed environment. The Westchase Golf Club takes full advantage of its setting… natural lakes and wetlands teeming with wildlife including an occasional gator. Florida golf at its best. The layout, designed by nationally recognized architect Lloyd Clifton, winds through acres of lakes, woods, conservation areas and communities. Westchase offers manicured greens surrounded by natural wetlands, wooden bridges and bulkheads. With its 9,500-square-foot clubhouse, full-service dining room, and fully stocked pro shop, Westchase offers a country club atmosphere along with first-class service. The club has established itself as one of Tampa Bay’s best upscale public golf facilities. The National Golf Foundation has ranked Westchase in the Top 10 nationally and #1 in the state of Florida in customer loyalty and satisfaction. Join our e-mail club and be the first to receive e-specials on green fees, mercandise and more. Go to www.westchasegc.com and sign up today. 11602 Westchase Golf Drive Tampa, FL 33626 (813) 854-2331 www.westchasegc.com


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Zephyrhills

Links of Lake Bernadette

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6484/70.7/125 White: 6044/69.0/122 Gold (M): 5423/66.5/113 Gold (W): 5423/71.0/127 Red: 4998/66.1/119 Silver (M): 4256/62.8/106 Silver (W): 4256/65.4/112

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Golf Course Manager: Weston Ward Superintendent: Todd Benortham

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Restaurant & Full Liquor Bar • Discount Pro Shop • Practice Green • Book Online 24/7 • Seasonal Memberships • Tournaments & Outings • Banquets & Receptions • Weddings on the First Tee

Semi-Private GC

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TEE INFORMATION

Welcome to The Links of Lake Bernadette golf course, a semi-private 18-hole, par-71 golf club just 25 minutes north of downtown Tampa. The course was designed, built and previously owned by Dean Refram, the same designer, builder and previous owner of Saddlebrook Resort. Lake Bernadette is a beautifully landscaped and mature course with rolling fairways, towering pines, and spectacular golf. Golf Digest rated The Links as the “Best Overall Value” in Tampa Bay. The Tampa Tribune called Lake Bernadette “Pasco County’s Best Kept Secret”. FOR A SPECIAL GOLF COAST MAGAZINE RATE, GO TO linksoflakebernadette.com AND ENTER PROMO CODE: CXP2758

5430 Links Lane Zephyrhills, FL 33541 (813) 788-7888 www.linksoflakebernadette.com

Wesley Chapel

Lexington Oaks Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Black: 6646/72.5/136 Blue: 6073/69.6/126 White: 5617/67.2/123 Gold (M): 5061/64.4/111 Gold (L): 5061/66.1/114 Red: 4435/66.1/104

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Architect: Gordon Lewis Head Golf Professional: Dave Stewart, PGA Superintendent: Terry Teats

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Restaurant/Lounge • Banquet Facilities • Stocked Pro Shop • Aqua Range • Putting/Chipping Green • Lessons Available • Rental Cubs • Book Online 24/7

Located just 20 minutes north of downtown Tampa, Lexington Oaks has built a reputation as one of the best courses in the area. This challenging layout is 6,646 yards from the tips and is known for its tough par 3’s, fast greens, unparalleled fairways and difficult closing holes. Course conditioning and a commitment to customer service are top priorities and it shows. You are invited to visit Lexington Oaks’ beautiful clubhouse and restaurant when you experience Lexington Oaks for your next round of golf. 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (813) 907-7270 www.lexoaks.com


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Fox Hollow Golf This Tampa Bay Favorite Keeps Getting Better

Fox Hollow Golf Club, is one of the

premier golf course in the state of Florida and was recently rated 57th by Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Courses Accessible to the Public in Florida.” As a testament to the quality of the golf course, Fox Hollow has hosted U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur qualifiers as well as qualifiers for the Valspar Championship, a PGA Tour event played at nearby Innisbrook resort. Opening in 1994, the Fox Hollow golf course has the distinction of being one of the last courses designed and built by Robert Trent Jones, Senior, one of the most prolific and innovative golf course designers of all time. In his design of Fox Hollow, the legendary Jones created a layout as picturesque as it is playable. GolfCoastMagazine.com

The par-71 championship layout features five sets of tees and offers new challenges every time it’s played, mixing native trees and vegetation, sparkling lakes, sand bunkers and a variety of wildlife. Fox Hollow’s rolling fairways are a delightful departure from the pancake-flat layouts found elsewhere in Florida. Fox Hollow’s greens feature SeaDwarf Paspalum turfgrass. This grass has the ability to deliver fast green speeds (9+ on the Stimpmeter) and requires less fertilizer, pesticide, weed control and irrigation than Bermudagrass. The updated Fox Hollow clubhouse is available for tournaments, private parties, receptions and dinners, all catered by


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10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway Trinity, Florida 34655 On Little Road, three miles south of SR 54

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its professional events staff. They handle tournament groups from 20 to 144 players. Competitive pricing is available. For more information, visit FoxHollowGolfClub. com or call (727) 264-8939. Fox Hollow’s practice facilities include a large putting green; a pitching green with sand bunker; and a natural turf driving range. Lessons and clinics are available, taught by Fox Hollow’s highly experienced PGA professional teaching staff. Fox Hollow is a semi-private club that welcomes daily fee players. You will be pleasantly surprised by their rate structure. Playing Fox Hollow has never been more affordable. Reserve tee times online at FoxHollowGolfClub.com or call the Pro Shop at (727) 376-6333. GC

18 Hole Championship Course, Par 71, Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Tee Yards Rating Slope Black 7079 74.6 134 Blue 6757 72.8 130 White 6288 71.2 125 Gold (M) 5908 68.3 122 Silver (M) 5529 75.4 137 Red (M) 4825 70.9 125 RESERVATIONS

For tee times up to 6 days in advance, call (727) 376-6333 or toll free (800) 943-1902. Tee times available online at FoxHollowGolfClub.com. Tournaments, Corporate Outings, Weddings and Banquets are welcome. Instruction by PGA Professionals available.

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Land O’Lakes

The Groves Golf & Country Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 4019/60.8/101 White(M): 3549/59.4/98 White(W): 3549/60.7/96 Red: 3001/58.1/91

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 65 Architect: Gary Koch Pro Shop Manager: Richard Moore Superintendant: Drew Schlatter

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse • Grill & Bar • Banquet Facilities • Stocked Pro Shop • Putting Green • Lessons Available • Book Online 24/7

The Groves Golf & Country Club is a superbly manicured golf course designed by Gary Koch…professional golfer, sportscaster and golf course designer. The course is surrounded by 200 acres of conservation wetlands and was designed with nature’s best interests in mind. We are located just minutes North of Tampa in the growing community of Land O’ Lakes, The Groves is a player friendly course that challenges all skill levels of golfers and can be completed in about 3.5 hours. We are proud to be a fully-stocked Steve’s World of Golf Pro Shop. 7924 Melogold Circle Land O’ Lakes, FL 34637 (813) 996-0161 www.TheGrovesGolfandCountryClub.com

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TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue 6486/71.6/127 White 5645/68.2/118 Gold 4899/65.8/116 Red 4724/68.3/114

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Architect: Denis Griffiths Owner: Paul D’Anna GM/Golf Pro: Nate King Superintendant: John Lamparelli

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse/Restaurant & Bar • Pro Shop • Banquet Facilities • Driving Range • Short Game Practice Area • Lessons Available • Rental Clubs • Book Online 24/7

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With a new owner, a friendly and helpful staff, and proper course maintenance, Seven Hills Golfers Club is on its way back! Once called “A Great Layout” by Golf Digest, Seven Hills was recently purchased by a successful golf course owner who wants to return the Par 72 layout to its former glory. Featuring 4 sets of tees, forgiving fairways, and rolling hills rarely seen on Florida golf courses, the course is challenging yet enjoyable for players of all skill levels. Check us out on Facebook or swing by today to see for yourself.

We are proud to be a fully-stocked Steve’s World of Golf Pro Shop. 10599 Fairchild Road Spring Hill, FL 34608 (352) 688-8888 www.7hillsgolf.com

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San Antonio

Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gold: 6210/70.6/131 Blue: 5835/69.3/126 White: 5482/66.4/118 Yellow: 4858/62.7/104 Red: 4620/67.6/112

COURSE FACTS

Champ Course: 18 holes, Par 72 Exec. Course: 9 holes, Par 27 General Manager: Steve Cox Golf Professional: Rick Weber, PGA Superintendent: Rob Johnson

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Restaurant & Lounge • Banquet Facilities • Pro Shop • Rental Clubs • Practice Green • Lessons Available • Book Online 24/7 • Tournaments & Outings Welcome

Tampa Bay Golf G&CC features one of Pasco County’s best championship golf courses, meandering around beautiful lakes and conservation areas. With five sets of tees, the course is appealing to players of all skill levels. The club also features a 9-hole executive course with all-new TifEagle greens. It’s a great community offering all the amenities of country club living. Tampa Bay G&CC is conveniently located just 25 minutes north of Tampa, just west of I-75 and SR 52. Starting times are available to the public 3 days in advance. 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive San Antonio, FL 33576 (352) 588-5454 www.tampabgcc.com


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TAMPA BAY Black Diamond Ranch (352) 746-3446 PR 18 72 Q:7159/75.0/137 • • • • • 55 39 2600 W. Black Diamond Cr, Lecanto, FL 34461; 18 72 R: 6921/73.4/130 18 72 H: 3447/74.8/143 CR 491, 1.5 miles N of Norel Bryant Hwy. (CR486).

Cheval Golf & Athletic Club (813) 949-4231 SP 18 72 6961/74.5/140 • • • • • 66 38 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz, FL 33558; On N. LDale Mabry Hwy, just north of Van Dyke Rd.

Cove Cay Golf Club (727) 535-1406 SP 18 70 6261/70.4/130 • • • • • 60 2 2612 Cove Cay Dr., Clearwater, FL 33760; Off US 19, 1 mile north of East Bay Dr.

The Eagles Golf Club (813) 920-6681 SP 18 6 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa, FL 33556;

72 F:6604/72.3/134 • • • • • 67

SR 584 to Race Track Road, north 3 miles

East Bay Golf Club (727) 581-3333 P 18 18 7 702 Country Club Dr., Largo, FL 33771;

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6451/70.1/128 • • • • • 60 L: 7001/73.8/135

Fox Hollow Golf Club (727) 376-6333 SP 18 71 8 10050 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy., Trinity, FL 34655;

7138/74.6/131 • • • • • 72

2 miles W of US 19 off East Bay Dr.

On Little Rd., 3 miles south of SR 54

The Groves Golf & Country Club (813) 996-0161 SP 18 65 31 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O’Lakes, FL 34637;

4019/60.8/101 • • • • • 74

On US 41, 6 miles north of SR 54

Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club (813) 949-4886 SP 18 72 6898/73.5/129 • • • • • 68 9 19502 Heritage Harbor Pkwy., Lutz, FL 33558; North on Dale Mabry Hwy. to Lutz Lake Fern Rd., west to course

Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club (813) 907-7447 SP 18 72 10 10630 Plantation Bay Drive, Tampa, FL 33647;

6976/73.2/132 • • • • • 64

Bruce B. Downs Blvd to Cross Creek, East to course

Links of Lake Bernadette (813) 788-7888 SP 18 71 6487/70.7/125 • • • • 71 43 5430 Links Lane, Zephyrills, FL 33541; On SR 54, 9 miles east of I-75.

Lexington Oaks Golf Club (813) 907-7270 SP 18 72 6646/72.5/136 • • • • • 71 12 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544; Off SR 54, 1 mile west of I-75

Mainlands Golf Club (727) 577-4847 P 18 67 4803/62.3/96 • • • • • 61 14 9445 Mainlands Blvd. W., Pinellas Park, FL 33782; On US 19 North, 1 miles north of Park Blvd.

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TAMPA BAY Mission Inn Resort 17

(800) 874-9053 R 18 72 EC: 7015/73.8/136 • • • • • 59

10400 CR 48, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL 34737; On CR 48 0.2 miles past San Luis Blvd.

Pinecrest Golf Course 19

(727) 584-6497 P 18 55

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1200 - 8th Ave., SW, Largo, FL 34640; 1 1/2 miles west of Seminole Blvd.

Seminole Lake Country Club 23

(727) 391-6255 SP 18 72 6501/71.2/125 • • • • • 63

6100 Augusta Blvd., Seminole, FL 33777; Take Park St. .2 miles south of Park Blvd. to Augusta Blvd.

Seven Hills Golf Club 25

(352) 688-8888 SP 18

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10599 Fairchild Road, Spring Hill, FL 34608; On Mariner Blvd (County Hwy 587), one mile N of County Line Rd.

Silver Dollar Trap & Golf Club 27

(813) 920-3884 SP 27 71-73 6489/71.4/119 • • • • • 69

12711 Silver Dollar Drive., Odessa, FL 33556;

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SR 584 to Race Track Rd, N 6 miles to Patterson Rd, W 3m

Summerfield Crossings Golf Club 28

(813) 671-3311 SP 18 71 6903/73.0/125 • • • • • 66

13050 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview, FL 33568; I-75 to exit 246, east 2 miles on Big Bend Rd

Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club 29

(352) 588-5454 SP 18 72 6210/70.6/131 • • • • • 75

10641 Old Tampa Bay Dr., San Antonio, FL 33576; I-75 to SR 54, then west 1 mile.

Tarpon Springs Golf Course 30

(727) 934-5191 SP 18 72 6243/69.3/127 • • • • • 62

1310 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; On Alr. US 19, 1 mile north of Klosterman Rd.

Tarpon Woods Golf Club 42

(727) 784-7606 SP 18 72 6504/71.3/129 • • • • • 45

1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor, FL 34685; East Lake Road S. to Tarpon Woods Blvd., east 1/4 mile

Westchase Golf Club 36

(813) 854-2331 P 18 72 6699/72.6/131 • • • • • 70

11602 Westchase Golf Dr., Tampa, FL 33626; Take Veteran’s Expresswy to exit #7, west on Linebaugh Ave. 3.5 miles

World Woods Golf Club 37

(352) 796-5500 P 18 71 PB: 7237/75.3/133 • • • • •

17590 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34614; Veterans Expressway to Hwy. 98, then 1/4 mile east


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DIRECTORY

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO

SHOPPING | ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES | INSTRUCTION TAMPA BAY AREA MAP PAGE 76 & 77

SHOPPING Blue Collar Golf Shop 11616 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778 | www.bluecollargolf.net | (727) 542-9228 | Map #51, Ad Page 58 Bob VanSweden Golf 2300 – 26th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 | www.BobVanSwedenGolf.com | (727) 321-4653 | Map #54, Ad Page 54 Edwin Watts Golf Shops (2 locations) 32257 US Hwy 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 | (727) 787-3370 | Map #52, Ad Page 95 11921 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 | (813) 960-5330 | Map #40, Ad Page 95 Florida Aerial Services Team www.fastaerial.com | (800) 723-7425 | Ad Page 54 In The Sand Golf www.ITS-GOLF.com | (800) 723-7425 | Ad Page 56 Southern Golf of Pinellas, Inc. 4647 – 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 | www.southerngolfofpinellas.com | (727) 522-1538 | Map #55, Ad Page 56 T & D Golf Stores (2 Locations) 4205 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33614 | (813) 888-5433 | Map #56, Ad Page 44

ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES Amuni Financial, Inc. 720 Second Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 | www.amuni.com | (800) 868-6864 | Map #59, Ad Page 52 County Golf Association www.countygolf.com | (727) 446-6644 | Ad Page 86 Golfest 2018 11225 Race Track Rd., Oldsmar, FL 33626 | www.tampabaydowns.com | (813) 854-4946 | Map #62, Ad Page 50 The Golf Show Guys www.golfshowguys.com | Ad Page 83 Golf Today www.golftodaychallenge.com | (561) 880-1007 | Ad Page 83 Paradise Golf www.paradise-golf.com | (800) 605-2582 | Ad Page 53

Valspar Championship At Innisbrook Resort | 36750 US Hwy 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34684 | www.valsparchampionship.com | Map #40, Ad Page 57 DRIVING RANGES/LESSON TEE The Downs Golf Practice Facility 11225 Race Track Rd., Oldsmar, FL 33626 | www.tampabaydowns.com | (813) 854-4946 | Map #62, Ad Page 58

180 Race Track Rd., Oldsmar, FL 34677 | (813) 855-5385 | Map #57, Ad Page 44 www.tanddgolfstores.com |

John Hayes Golf At Chi Chi Golf & Family Sports Complex | 2987 N. McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, FL 33761 | www.JohnHayesGolf.com | (727) 692-4679 | Map #61, Ad Page 85

Trust In God Products T & D Golf Store | 4205 W. Waters Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614 | www.trustingodproducts.com | (813) 888-5433 | Map #56, Ad Page 86

Shriver Golf Academy At Cove Cay Golf Club | 2612 Cove Cay Dr., Clearwater, FL 33760 | www.shrivergolfacademy.com | (727) 480-9049 | Map #2, Ad Page 60


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GOLF COURSES NOT FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE OF GOLF COAST MAGAZINE COURSE TYPE LOCATION PHONE COURSE TYPE LOCATION PHONE PINELLAS COUNTY River Hills CC PV Valrico (813) 653-1554 Bardmoor GC

SP

Largo

(727) 392-1234

Riverside GC

SP

Ruskin

(813) 645-2000

Bayou Club

PV

Largo

(727) 399-1000

Rocky Point GC

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Tampa

(813) 673-4316

Belleair CC

PV

Belleair

(727) 442-0229

Rogers Park GC

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Tampa

(813) 356-1670

Belleview Biltmore

SP

Belleair

(727) 581-5498

Sun City Golf Courses

PV

Sun City Center

(813) 634-3311

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Clearwater

(727) 726-4673

Tampa Palms G&CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 972-1991

Clearwater GC

SP

Clearwater

(727) 443-5078

Temple Terrace G&CC

PV

Temple Terrace

(813) 988-1791

Countryside CC

PV

Clearwater

(727) 796-2153

Terrace Hill GC

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Temple Terrace

(813) 985-4653

Crescent Oaks GC

SP

Tarpon Springs

(727) 937-4653

TPC Tampa Bay

SP

Lutz

(813) 949-0090

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St. Petersburg

(727) 551-3333

Walden Lake G&CC

SP

Plant City

(813) 754-8575

Cypress Run GC

PV

Tarpon Springs

(727) 937-3191

Dunedin GC

Chi Chi Rodriquez GC

Cypress Links

SP

Dunedin

(727) 733-7836

PASCO COUNTY

East Lake Woodlands CC PV

Oldsmar

(727) 784-8576

Abbey at St. Leo’s

SP

St. Leo

(352) 588-2016

Feather Sound CC

PV

Clearwater

(727) 572-6677

Beacon Woods GC

SP

Bayonet Point

(727) 868-9528

Highland Lakes GC

PV

Palm Harbor

(727) 785-9819

Forest Hills GC

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Holiday

(727) 934-7317

Innisbrook Resort & GC PV/R

Palm Harbor

(727) 942-2000

Heritage Pines CC

PV

Hudson

(727) 861-1645

Isla Del Sol Y&CC

PV

St. Petersburg

(727) 864-2714

Heritage Springs CC

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Trinity

(727) 372-5281

Lansbrook GC

SP

Palm Harbor

(727) 784-7333

Lake Jovita G&CC

SP

Dade City

(352) 588-9200

Largo GC

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Largo

(727) 518-3024

The Links GC

SP

Hudson

(727) 868-1091

Mangrove Bay GC

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St. Petersburg

(727) 893-7800

Meadow Oaks GC

SP

Hudson

(727) 856-2878

Palm Hill GC

SP

Largo

(727) 581-1710

Plantation Palms GC

SP

Land O’Lakes

(813) 996-4653

Pasadena Y&CC

PV

Pasadena

(727) 381-7922

Quail Hollow GC

SP

Wesley Chapel

(813) 333-0033

Clearwater

(727) 447-5272

River Ridge GC

SP

New Port Richey (727) 847-4762

The Landings GC

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The Tides GC

SP

Seminole

(727) 393-8483

Saddlebrook Resort

Wesley Chapel

(813) 973-1111

Top of the World GC

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Clearwater

(727) 726-7773

Scotland Yards GC

SP

Dade City

(352) 567-7600

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St. Petersburg

(727) 893-7445

Sea Pines GC

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Hudson

(727) 863-1214

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St. Petersburg

(727) 896-8000

Seven Springs G&CC

SP

New Port Richey (727) 376-0035

Tarpon Springs

(727) 942-4760

Silverado G&CC

SP

Zephyrhills

(813) 788-1225

Southport Springs GC

SP

Zephyrhills

(813) 780-7637

Twin Brooks GC Vinoy Club Wentworth Golf Club

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Springer’s Gulf Harbor GC P

New Port Richey (727) 849-7675

Apollo Beach GC

SP

Apollo Beach

(813) 645-6212

Summertree Golf Club

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New Port Richey (727) 856-0771

Avila G&CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 961-1754

Timber Greens CC

SP

New Port Richey (727) 372-0789

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Tampa

(813) 631-4374

Town & Country GC

SP

Dade City

(352) 567-6622

SP

Valrico

(813) 685-4105

Zephyrhills GC

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Zephyrhills

(813) 782-0714

Buckhorn Springs G&CC PV

Valrico

(813) 689-7766

Caloosa CC

PV

Sun City Center

(813) 634-2870

HERNANDO COUNTY

Carrollwood CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 961-1369

Brookridge CC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 596-8161

The Claw at USF

P

Tampa

(813) 632-6893

Brooksville CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 796-8876

Countryway GC

P

Tampa

(813) 854-1182

Glen Lakes CC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 597-1118

Babe Zaharias GC Bloomingdale GC

Club Renaissance

SP

Sun City Center

(813) 642-9091

The Heather G&CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 596-2019

Cypress Creek

SP

Ruskin

(813) 634-8888

Hernando Oaks GC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 799-9908

Diamond Hill GC

SP

Valrico

(813) 689-7219

High Point GC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 596-0833

Freedom Fairways

SP

Sun City

(813) 633-4653

Oak Hills GC

SP

Spring Hill

(352) 683-6830

Hunter’s Green CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 973-1000

The Quarry

P

Brooksville

(352) 544-5495

MacDill AFB GC

MIL

Tampa

(813) 840-6905

Rivard G&CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 796-1410

Northdale G&TC

SP

Tampa

(813) 962-0428

The Ridge GC

SP

Ridge Manor

(352) 608-4800

Old Memorial GC

PV

Tampa

(813) 926-8888

Silverthorn CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 799-4653

Palm Ceia G&TC

PV

Tampa

(813) 253-3061

Southern Hills Plantation PV

Brooksville

(352) 277-5000

Pebble Creek GC

SP

Tampa

(813) 973-3870

Timber Pines CC

Spring Hill

(352) 666-2311

PV

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GOLF COAST NEWS Local Golf News from the Greater Tampa Bay Area

Golfest Returns February 17 & 18

The Downs Golf Practice Facility – located in Oldsmar just south of Tampa Bay Downs – is proud to announce that the 8th Annual Golfest will be held February 17th & 18th. Golfest 2018 is Tampa Bay’s largest Golf Expo and Demo Day. Wilson, Ping, Mizuno, Callaway, Cobra and TaylorMade will be on hand for you to “try and buy” their latest golf equipment. This year’s event will also feature a Trade-In Center. Bring your old clubs and trade toward new clubs. The 6th Annual Celebrity Skills Challenge will be held Saturday afternoon with several of Tampa Bay’s leading sports and media personalities competing. Be sure to visit the tented Golf Expo area with over 20 local golf courses and golf lifestyle companies participating. It’s your opportunity to qualify to win tickets to Major Golf Events in 2018 (including professional golf’s first major in Georgia). Tickets go on sale February 1st. Daily entry is only $10 with free parking. Kids under 14 are free. Every ticket purchase includes a free $6.00 bucket of range balls. Hours are Saturday 9 to 4 and Sunday 9 to 3. Go to tampabaydowns.com for more information and watch our YouTube video (Golfest 2018).

Fall/Winter 2017-2018

Valspar Championship Returns March 5 -11

The Valspar Championship – one of the premier tournaments on the PGA TOUR – returns to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor on March 5-11, 2018. The last three Valspar Championships have gone to exciting playoffs. In 2015, Jordan Spieth won on the third hole over Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair as a thrilling prelude to his wins in The Masters, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic and TOUR Championship. 2016 found Charl Schwartzel defeating Bill Haas in a one-hole playoff as local amateur Lee McCoy thrilled his fans with a third-place finish. The 2017 tournament continued the trend with a showdown between Canadian Adam Hadwin and rookie Patrick Cantlay, with Hadwin garnering the victory. Hadwin will defend his title in 2018 against another stellar field and, for the fourth year in a row, tournament patrons will also have a chance to see a top music act in a free concert. The Valspar LIVE! event takes place on the Osprey Driving Range adjacent to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort after the conclusion of play on Saturday, March 10 and is free of charge to all Saturday tournament patrons.


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The Valspar Championship will also feature enhanced food offerings with a Food Truck Village joining Frenchy’s, the Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole and the Hooters Owl’s Nest (which requires a special ticket). Specialty fan zone seating areas – Grape & Grain and Chameleon Cove – will return with premium views of play. Tickets to the 2018 Valspar Championship go on sale early October at ValsparChampionship. com. Advance purchase of discounted Select-A-Day tickets will ensure patrons entrance on a specific day. Last year on Saturday the tournament had its first sellout, so it’s recommended fans purchase early! For updated information follow @ValsparChamp on Twitter or Like us on Facebook at Facebook. com/ValsparChampion-ship. Seven Hills Golfers Club Under New Ownership

In August 2017, Paul D’Anna of Golf Properties of Florida LLC purchased Seven Hills Golfers Club located in Spring Hills, Florida. “Paul is the perfect fit for Seven Hills”, said Terrence Vanek, D’Anna’s representative in the transaction. ”His track record of success as an owner-operator of golf courses should be well received by the patrons of Seven Hills. His creative vision and Continued on Page 47

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The President’s Report Congratulations to Gary Koch for capturing both the WCC Championship at Old Memorial, and the Senior Chapter Championship at Dunedin Country Club! Gary played great and both victories are well deserved. Due to his victories, Gary felt the need to give back. He donated his time and a substantial portion of his check to an event that the Chapter is hosting for underprivileged youths. The event was held October 18th at Terrace Hill and was hosted by Ken Juhn. Lunch, shirts, and instruction were all provided free of cost! In the future, I will tell you how you all can help in 2018! Lone Palm and Bryan Moran will be hosting our final Pro-Am of the year on November 13th. We also will be having our Holiday Pro-Pro at Pasadena Y&CC followed by the Awards Banquet on December 4th. Congratulations to our 2017 Award winners listed here! – Chris Slattery, President

Player Development Award: Paul Sylvester, Dunedin Stirling Links Patriot Award: Ken Juhn, Terrace Hill Golf Center Chapter Merchandiser of the Year (Private): Chris Slattery, Avila G&CC Chapter Merchandiser of the Year (Resort): Scott Wilson, Streamsong Resort Chapter Merchandiser of the Year (Public): John Greiner, The Club at Eaglebrooke Chapter Teacher of the Year: Scott Wickham, Inner Circle of Golf Youth Player Development Award: Randy Rover, Avila G&CC Chapter Assistant of the Year: Brad Lusenhop, Palm Ceia G&CC Chapter Sales Rep of the Year: Mike Angelo, Titleist Chapter Amateur of the Year: Penny Gallagly, Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association Chapter Superintendent of the Year: Mickey Subotic, East Lake Woodlands

2017 WCC Award Winners Chapter Professional of the Year: Ken Juhn, Terrace Hill Golf Center Chapter Horton Smith Award: Matt Jordan, Streamsong Resort Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award: Bryan Moran, Lone Palm Golf Club

2017 WCC Tournament Schedule Mon. Nov. 13 Pro-Am @ Lone Palm Mon. Nov. 27 WCC/ECC Pro Pro/Meeting @ CC of Winter Haven Mon. Dec. 4 Holiday Pro-Pro @ Pasadena Mon. Aug. 21 Pro-Scratch @ Cove Cay

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competitive spirit have been touchstones of his accomplishments. The golfing public at Seven Hills is in for a real treat. Significant improvements to the condition of the golf course are already in evidence. For more information, visit 7HillsGolf.com Attention Fellow Retired PGA Lifetime Members

Norm Francis and Gil Gonsalves are forming a Retired PGA-LM golf schedule. They plan to play once a month and hope to draw golf professionals from Crystal River, Lakeland and Venice. However, any PGA-LM will be eligible to play. The inaugural luncheon-planning committee meeting followed by golf will start at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 13th at River Hills Country Club in Valrico. During lunch committees will be formed to arrange places to play and set golf formats for future events. For the first event, entry fee is $40.00 per person ($25.00 for prize money, $15.00 for cart fee). Please bring cash for entry and cart fees. Initial format will be blind draw best ball of foursome. Hopefully, one person from each age group plus one extra draw. Age groups: 80+ play from 4700 yards; 70-79 play from 5300 yards; and 60-69 play from 5900 yards. Wives and girlfriends are welcome to come for lunch, ride with your significant other

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JOHN HAYES - PGA Chi Chi Golf Range & Family Sports Complex www.johnhayesgolf.com Awards include: Golf Digest Best Teacher in State US Kids Top 50 Kids Teacher Gateway PGA Junior Golf Leader Horton Smith Award For Education Professional of the Year and Player of the Year • Private Lessons • Group Clinics • Specialty Schools A portion of all lesson fees goes to the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation

Call (727) 692-4679 or email: jh@johnhayesgolf.com

2987 N. McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater,FL 33761 Across the street from Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf club

and enjoy the day. This will give everyone the opportunity to meet new professionals and renew old friendships. Please RSVP for the first event and interest in future events. Call: Gil Gonsalves at (813) 728-3632 or Norm Francis at (813) 545-8223. 2017-2018 PGA-LM Schedule

Mon. Nov.13 Thurs. Dec. 21 Mon. Jan. 8 Tues. Feb. 6 Thurs. Mar. 29 Weds. Apr. 18 Mon. May 14 Mon. June 4 Mon. July 9

River Hills Tampa Bay G&CC Waterlefe River Wilderness Bardmoor Eagles Lakewood National Westchase Fox Hollow


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County Golf Association “a great way to play different courses and meet new friends.”

TRUST IN GOD PRODUCTS

Hello, my name is Ben Smith. Since 1996 I have been the owner/operator of T&D Golf Stores in Tampa. Earlier this year I started a new brand called Trust In God products. T’nG is about creating a line of products people use on a consistent basis. I want to help people to share their faith using my brand as a non-offensive conversation starter. T’nG products are available at T & D Golf Store 4205 W. Waters Ave. Tampa, FL 33614 and online at www.TrustInGodProducts.com

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Seminole Lake ELW (S) Fox Hollow Countryside Sem. Lake Cypress Run Thanksgiving Bayou Club Lansbrook ELW (N) Seminole Lake St. Pete CC Crescent Oaks Isla Del Sol Sem. Lake Christmas TBA New Year’s Day ELW (S) TBA Seminole Lake Cypress Run Innisbrook (S) Cypress Run Seminolw Lake St. Pete CC Eagles (Lake) TBA Innisbrook (S) ELW (N) Seminole Lake Crescent Oaks Lansbrook Countryside

Play Tampa Bay’s finest private, semi-private and public courses. Regular and senior (55+) men’s and ladies’ Divisions. Call (727) 4466644, visit Countygolf.com or email Ray or Jayne Goodman at CGA@countygolf.com. GCM


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Entertainment/ Sports Celebrities, LPGA stars, PGA TOUR Champions at 3rd annual Diamond Resorts Invitational, Jan 12-14 The Diamond Resorts Invitational benefiting Florida Hospital for Children returns with its popular format featuring PGA TOUR Champions, LPGA stars and sports/ entertainment celebrities, January 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL., airing live on Golf Channel. Last year’s combination of players from the two professional golf tours with celebrities competing together for separate purses totaling $1.25 million, captured the golf world’s imagination. Tournament tickets and information is available at www. DiamondResortsInvitational.com “We caught lightning in a bottle,” said Mike Flaskey, Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Resorts International. “The tournament is now a national TV spectacle in just its second year as part of the PGA TOUR Champions schedule. And best of all, in just three years we’ve been able to raise $2.3 million for Florida Hospital for Children.”

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Up to 28 PGA TOUR Champions and numerous LPGA players will compete in two distinct competitions with the pros playing for $750,000 over the 54-hole tournament, while the celebrities will play for a $500,000 purse. The format is a Modified Stableford scoring format which awards points as opposed to strokes. Threesomes will include one Champions Tour professional and two celebrities with individuals playing their own ball from the same tees. Last year’s PGA TOUR Champions participants included eventual winner Woody Austin, John Daly, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Kenny Perry and John Cook among the age 50+ professionals. LPGA Tour players included some of the tour’s most accomplished players, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang and Brooke Henderson. The celebrity field was led by Justin Verlander, Brian McCann, Marcus Allen, Roger Clemens, Josh Donaldson, Chicago Cubs pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey, Colt Ford, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Mike Modano, Blair O’Neal, Jake Owen, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Rypien, John Smoltz, Cole Swindell, Brian Urlacher, Larry the Cable Guy and 2016 celebrity champion Mardy Fish. Active National Football League stars included Arizona Cardinals All-Pros Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson. The defending champion is former Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals standout pitcher, Mark Mulder.


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COURSES

Yardage /Rating /Slope

Type: P=Public PR=Private, SP= Semi-Private, E=Executive

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NAPLES | FORT MYERS

NAPLES AREA COURSE, SERVICES, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

Cape Royal Golf Club (239) 283-5522 P 27 201 11460 Royal Tee Circle, Cape Coral, FL, 33991; I-75 to Exit

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6611 / 71.0 / 129 • • • • •

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6852 / 74.0 / 131 • • • • •

161 Jones Loop Road, Burnt Store Rd to Royal Tee Cr.

The Forest Country Club (239) 482-8378 PR 36 202 6100 Partridge Club Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908; I-75 to Alico Rd, N on S Tamiami to Partridge Club Rd

Golf & Casual Shop (239) 936-8753 203 11900 South Cleveland Avenue, Ft. Myers, FL 33907; On US 41 between Colonial Blvd/Daniels Pkwy Golf World (239) 731-0130 204 19001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Ft. Myers, FL; www.GolfWorldDiscount.com Hibiscus Golf Club (239) 774-0088 P 18 205 5375 Hibiscus Dr, Naples, FL 34113; 41 South to

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Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. Old 41 Restaurant (239) 948-4123 206 25091 Bernwood Dr., Unit 1, Bonita Springs, FL 34135; Old 41 & Bernwood Pkwy, 1/2 m E of US41/Old 41 Rd. Quail Village Golf Club (239) 598-2815 PR 18 207 11719 Quail Village Way, Naples, FL 34119 ; I-75 Exit 111, East on Immokalee Road, Left on Valewood to Quail Village Way

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Quail Run Golf Club (239) 261-3930 PR 18 208 1 Forest Lakes Blvd, Naples, FL 34105 ; I-75 Exit 107, Follow

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Pine Ridge Rd to Forest Lake Blvd. River Hall Country Club (239) 313-4653 P 18 209 3500 River Hall Pkwy, Alva, FL 33920 ; I-75 Exit 141, East on SR80, Right on River Hall Parkway San Carlos Golf Club (239) 267-3131 P 18 210 7420 Constitution Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33912 ; Off US41, 1 mile south of Alico Road to Constitution Blvd. Tiburón Golf Club (239) 593-2200 P 36 211 2620 Tiburón Drive, Naples, FL 34109 ; I-75 Exit 111, south at Airport Pulling Rd. 2 miles to Tiburón Blvd. Valencia Golf & Country Club (239) 352-0777 P 18 212 1725 Double Eagle Trail, Naples, FL 34120; Exit 111 off I-75 - West to Randall Blvd, N on Approach Blvd West Bay Club (239) 444-2310 PR 18 213 4606 West Bay Blvd., Estero, FL 33928; I-75 to exit 123, Corkscrew Road to Williams Rd, to Bay Blvd


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Legacy Golf Club

941-907-7920

Enter to Win $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest Every Day! This upscale, championship daily-fee course is different from anything found in the region. Not only is this course memorable, but a round of golf at this impressive facility comes with a guaranteed level of service you would only expect at a world-class private club. An award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature Design, it features multiple elevated tees, natural wetlands and virtually every hole is framed with sand and water. Legacy has been voted among the Best Places to Play by readers of Golf Digest. www.legacygolfclub.com

Serenoa Golf Club

941-925-2755

Located just a half mile east of I-75 off Clark Road, Serenoa is one of the finest 18-hole championship golf courses on the Gulf Coast. Florida Golf News has named Serenoa one of the top 100 golf courses in Florida and one of the top three courses in the area. This is a shotmaker’s course. The attractive lakeside dining room is available for banquets, meetings and weddings. Memberships, tournaments, outings, leagues and professional instruction available. www.serenoagc.com

Rolling Green Golf Club

941-355-7621

Conveniently located to downtown Sarasota and the beaches. Regarded by many as one of Sarasota’s favorites, the course boasts generous fairways and large manicured greens. Amenities include a driving range, golf shop, putting green and rental clubs. The restaurant opens at 6 a.m. daily for breakfast and lunch, and the full-service lounge is a local favorite, especially for the Friday night Fish Fry. www.rollinggreengc.com

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